Founders Academy 7th-grader and ‘Son of the American Legion’ donates canteen books to Manchester VA

Sign Up For Our FREE Daily eNews!

Evan Dexter, right, presenting books to Debra Krinsky, Voluntary Services Coordinator of the Manchester VA Medical Center. Courtesy Photo

MANCHESTER, NH – The Founders Academy Public Charter School student, Evan Dexter, donated 500 canteen books to the Manchester VA Medical Center. Evan is a Son of the American Legion Henry J. Sweeney Post 2 along with his grandfather, Bill Roy, who is a member.

Additional canteen books were donated to the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton and the White River Junction VA Hospital in Vermont. The books contain pre-paid vouchers patients and residents can use in the on-site stores.

Evan is a 7th grader at The Founders Academy and was just recently elected middle school Speaker of the House of Representatives by his peers. “I think it’s good to serve veterans because they served us,” said Evan, when asked why he gives back to the Manchester VA community on a yearly basis.

The Founders Academy Dean of School, Cassie Hayes recognized Evan as a natural leader.

“Evan is leader here at Founders and in the broader community. He follows the school’s Leadership Code of Conduct and encourages other students to do the same. We are very proud of Even for his community service work with the Manchester VA Medical Center. The middle school House of Representatives is lucky to have such a talented Speaker of the House.”

The Founders Academy is currently accepting students for most grades for the 2020-2021 school year and recently opened admissions for the 2021-2022 school year. To learn more about The Founders Academy or to apply for admission, visit

About Founders Academy

The Founders Academy is a public chartered school for students in grades 6 – 12 that is free and open to all New Hampshire students. The Academy develops leaders who understand and apply the lessons of the past, demonstrate exceptional character and lead by example. The Academy recognizes the importance of balance in the development of the whole person, and respects each student’s journey.

Principled leadership is fostered by means of a curriculum of classical studies that includes analyzing the lives of great men and women of history, mining the rich classical ideals of the Western tradition, and tracing the evolution of the precious and costly idea of liberty.

About this Author