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Fostering an active relationship with open
communication, trust, and common goals
is essential for this working model. The
school/community center approach creates an environment of collaboration,
with the recreation department being
at the hub. Programs utilizing this model work collaboratively within the school
building to organize space and resources as well as plan events. The Plymouth,
Rumney, and Campton school boards and
their school superintendent work hard for
the taxpayers and want to do their best to
serve residents in the most cost-effective
ways. Beyond that, support and strong
relationships with town administrators,
selectmen, recreation boards, and recreation directors are vital to meeting the
needs of a small community in a big community way.
Resources, such as training to reinforce anti-bullying strategies or planning
of curriculum topics, are often shared.
Consequently, the children benefit from
various agencies' consistentcy and strategy. Another benefit of the school/community center model has been the 21st
Century Community Learning Center
Grants offered through the U.S. Department of Education. Such grants were created to combine community resources to
offer educational after-school, vacation
week, and summer programs. The goal
is for the schools and recreation departments to combine programming and resources. Plymouth, Rumney, and Campton
are in the eighth year of this 10-year grant.
Plymouth Parks and Recreation has
been in existence since 1960 and has
been housed in the school since 1976.
While Campton's program is newer,
it operates with this combined model.
Both are being looked at closely by other
small towns. In the Plymouth Elementary
School, the parks and recreation office is
located in a small classroom structurally
divided into three rooms. In the Campton Elementary School the recreation and
A+ office is located in a small classroom.
The office for parks and recreation in the
Rumney elementary school is adjacent to
the gym. All spaces are centrally located.

In a time where resources are tight,
the ingenuity of these small towns,
brought about by need, has built something more: communities of partners dedicated to providing their taxpayers with
the biggest bang for their buck.


Carolee Miot works for the recreation
department in Campton, N.H., and Lisa
Ash has worked for the recreation
department in Plymouth, N.H . Both work
and partner to support A+ after-school
programs in their respective communities.

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