Northwest students pitch in for 11th Annual Service Day at Rock Rimmon Park

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From left, back row: Don Pinard, Director, City of Manchester, Dept of Public Works, Parks and Recreation; Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig; William Brewster, VP, NH Market for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; and Janelle Woods-McNish, Director of Service and Giving for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. Students in front are Maia Bushey, Lauren Maitinec, and Isabella Boucher, all third-graders at Northwest Elementary School in Manchester. Courtesy Photo

MANCHESTER, NH — Approximately 120 Northwest Elementary School students joined volunteers Friday for a day of community service — and fun — at Rock Rimmon Park.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care employees, in partnership with volunteers from Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Benevera Health, Granite Group, Seacoast Eat Local, Gather, Great NH Restaurants and City Year New Hampshire,  worked together on June 7 as part of the city’s park revitalization effort to clear trails, build and stain picnic tables, paint over graffiti, and host healthy eating demonstrations.

NH Fisher Cats staff and led students in games and physical fitness exercises. Community Service Days in New Hampshire are part of Harvard Pilgrim’s corporate commitment to the state.

About Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

Created in 1980, The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation supports Harvard Pilgrim’s mission to improve the quality and value of health care for the people and communities we serve by providing the tools, training and leadership to help build healthy communities throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and Connecticut. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $145 million in funds. In 2018, the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation awarded more than $1.25 million in grants to 855 nonprofit organizations across the region.  For more information, please

About City Year

City Year is an education focused AmeriCorps program that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time, team-based service to keep students in school and on track to graduate successfully. Evidence-based research has determined the early-warning indicators allowing us to identify the students likely to drop out of school. By focusing on students’ ABCs – Attendance, Behavior and Course performance in math and English, City Year corps members (working in partnership with teachers) serve as tutors, mentors and role models who are uniquely able to help students and schools succeed. For more information, please visit .

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock:

DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK (D-H) is a nonprofit academic health system serving communities in northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,000 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, four affiliated hospitals, 24 ambulatory clinics and through the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center.

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