On Saturday, March 9th, the Salisbury Bank and 21st Century Fund hosted a Random Hacks of Kindness, Jr. (RHKJr.) Code-for-a-Cause event in the HVRHS Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center. (Click on above photo to see more pictures.)

Groups of four 4th-8th grade students were paired with a HVRHS Student Mentor and a local non-profit. The goal was to identify a mobile app concept that would help the non-profit further its outreach and mission. At the end of the day, each of the groups presented their project to a room full of peers and parents. They spoke to the audience about their non-profit and its mission, the mobile app they’d come up with and shared their thought process behind that choice. It was a great way for the kids to learn about our local non-profits, coding and the steps behind developing a new project.

To our incredible patient and willing student mentors - Charles Kaufman, Jack McAuliffe, Nicholas O’Neil, Madison (Miri) Rinehart and Emerson Rinehart - and our generous non-profits – Friends of Beckley Furnace, Housatonic Youth Service Bureau, NW Connecticut Arts Council, Salisbury Rotary Club, Sharon Historical Society and 21st Century Fund – thank you all for giving so generously of your time and helping to broaden our students’ tech skills and view of the world.

The 21st Century Fund wishes to thank the Freund, Jacquier and Kilmer families for hosting this winter's amazing site visits and tours.  All who attended were blown away by your dedication and commitment.  

"Farming is a labor of love, and that message came through loud and clear with each of the three family enterprises that we visited. What fun to see the enthusiasm exhibited by the third generation Freund representatives as they demonstrated Cow Pot production,

or the Jacquier operation and learn that essentially nine people are responsible for the health and productivity of 1100 milking dairy animals with an annual rolling herd average of 30,000 lbs of milk. Who would have even thought thatcows slept on comfortable water beds?

and then to visit the Kilmer operation and witness robotic milking and learn that this occurs "at will" when the animal is ready 24-7-365 .......WOW! " John Perotti


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