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HEY works in the Webutuck School garden planting herbs and vegetables that are donated to the school cafeteria and used for NECC's Summer Lunch program. We also use greens grown in hoop houses through the early winter for the Empty Bowls Fundraiser. Other crops grown in the garden include giant sunflowers and german butterball potatoes, ready to harvest in the fall!

Mark Stonehill explaining how to properly plant potatoes Mark Stonehill explaining how to properly plant potatoes

sunflowers Mammoth sunflowers in the school garden

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Empty Bowls program
Empty Bowls March 2017
The Empty Bowls annual fundraiser is a long-time collaboration begun by Webutuck Technology Teacher, John Roccanova. Local ceramic artists generously donate their time and wares for this fundraiser. Students learn to make, glaze and fire bowls with area artist, Diane Schapira, and they sell these bowls alongside the professional artists' pieces. Webutuck faculty and staff buy empty bowls on display and after-school students cook and serve soup using ingredients from the school garden. The proceeds from the fundraiser are split between the Doctors Without Borders Emergency Food Program and the Webutuck School Garden.

Fun Fridays
Fun Friday is a big deal for HEY. We take excursions throughout the area tasting different cuisines, going on amazing fall hikes, picking apples, and just trying new things that students are interested in. Sometimes we make popcorn or get pizza and play Rock Band together. Whatever we do on a Friday, it's always FUN!

Mark Stonehill
Mark Stonehill
Junior High After-School Assistant

Mark Stonehill

HEY! (Healthy, Empowered Youth)
For students in 7th and 8th grade, NECC offers a drop-in program called "HEY!: Healthy, Empowered Youth" at Webutuck's Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS). Common activities include growing food in the school garden, cooking, hiking, pottery, sports, community service, homework help, science projects, mixed-media art, drama, metalworking and woodworking, and frequent collaborations with professional artists and teachers.
HEY Mountain View
The program is free and able to accommodate students who are already enrolled in other extracurricular activities and sports teams. Like other NECC programs, H.E.Y. is an amazing opportunity for kids to develop social skills, build relationships, and connect to resources in our community.
HEY members metalworking with Izzy from Battle Hill Forge
HEY members metalworking with Izzy from Battle Hill Forge