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Barbara Lemieux, 2016

MVSB Continues Support of Therapeutic Gardening Program at Monarch School of New England

From left, Melissa Clark, MVSB Branch Services Supervisor, stands with Jim Carrigan, MVSB Regional Vice President, Diane Bessey, Monarch School of New England Executive Director, Kathy Perry, Horticultural Therapist, and Jolene Whitehead, MVSB Branch & Business Development Manager. Courtesy Photo

MVSB is proud to continue its support of the Monarch School of New England with a $5,000 sponsorship for the Horticultural Therapy and Gardening Program. This program provides unique opportunities for students to learn, grow and reach their full potential in a nature-based setting.

“Kathy Perry, our full-time registered horticultural therapist, offers individual and small group therapy catered to each student’s goals using gardening activities,” said Diane Bessey, Monarch School of New England Executive Director. “We are thankful for support from community partners like MVSB, which allow us to continue and grow these therapeutic and educational programs that help our students learn in a variety of ways.”

“Serving on the Monarch School of New England’s Board, I’ve been fortunate to see first-hand the many educational opportunities and experiences this program brings students – from growing and nurturing plants to cooking and creating art,” said Jolene Whitehead, MVSB Branch & Business Development Manager in Rochester. “We are extremely proud to show our support for the program with this contribution.”

The Monarch School of New England is based in Rochester and supports students with special needs from more than 30 school districts across New Hampshire and Southern Maine. Their comprehensively trained staff members work one-on-one with each individual, uniquely integrating both education and therapy to ensure successful transitions to school and the community. Go to to learn more.

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