BRRSD Receives Grant from the Bridgewater–Raynham Educational Foundation Corporation

Recently, Mrs. Donna Faucher of the Bridgewater–Raynham Regional School District applied for a grant from the Bridgewater–Raynham Educational Foundation Corporation. ( BREFC) She noticed that the social-emotional space at the high school was lacking the necessities to make it the calming space it should be. After submitting her application, the school received notice that they had been awarded a grant of $2,836.31 to update the space!
Everyone, especially Mrs. Faucher, was thrilled to receive the grant. Mrs. Faucher said the following: “We are thrilled and honored to have been chosen as a recipient of this grant. I felt there was a need in the building for the social–emotional students to have a space they felt safe in when they needed it. Currently, we have classrooms that are not calming spaces. I was able to make a list of items I felt would be beneficial to the space. Some items included soft lighting, zen gardens, inspirational wall decor, bean bag chairs, and some area rugs, to just name a few.”

The mission of BREFC is to promote, sponsor and enhance the quality of the educational experience for public school students and their school communities within the towns of Bridgewater and Raynham, Massachusetts at all grade levels irrespective of race, color, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), religion, national origin, or handicap. The purpose of BREFC is to raise monies supplemental to those received from public sources and to distribute those funds to the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District. Teachers and school officials are able to apply directly to the foundation for grants to benefit the students and community. ( Thank you to the Bridgewater–Raynham Educational Foundational Corporation for providing this grant, and thank you, Mrs. Faucher, for taking the initiative for the students!

Story and photos from BRRSD FB post.
Historical Tidbit:
First Baptist Church of Raynham
"Dr. Fobes states, in 1793, that there were one thousand inhabitants in Raynham, one-sixth of whom were Baptists. When there was no distinction between town and parish, all the inhabitants were required, by law, to pay the assessments laid for ministerial support. In 1783, the town voted not to compel those who professed to be Baptist to pay the clerical tax for the support of a minister whose preaching they could not conscientiously attend, alleging that "to compel them to pay it would endanger that peace and harmony which should subsist in a town society."
The Baptist Church was organized in 1839, and a house of worship built a few years after. Rev. Ebenezer Briggs became the first pastor and, under his ministrations, the Church largely increased. He formerly lived on the shores of Long Pond, in Middleborough, where, upon his own farm, he maintained a generous hospitality. His preaching was earnest, faithful and effective, and his correct life reflected the sincerity of his heart.
Rev. Ephraim Ward, of Middleborough, a graduate of Brown University, succeeded Mr. Briggs and preached acceptably three years, when he resigned and moved to Illinois. In 1846, Rev. Silas Hall became minister, and has since been followed by a number of preachers who remained but a short term each.
The Deacons of this Church are Godfrey Robinson, Esq., and Capt. William King. The chief benefactor and patron of the Society was Mr. Asa King, whose life is included in the published "Genealogy of the King Family". "
Information from:
History of Raynham, Mass.,
From the First Settlement to the Present Time
By Rev. Enoch Sanford, 1870

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Women's Open Basketball, Spring 2023

Pick-up games each Wednesday
until June 7th
LaLiberte Elementary School, Gymnasium

Residents ages 20 and over are welcome to participate in open basketball, brought to you by the Raynham Park and Recreation Department!

The format is pick-up games, and players will be selected and placed on teams each evening.
$30.00 for both residents & non-residents.
For more information and to register, Raynham Parks & Recreation Website
Persons who are United States Citizens, residents of Massachusetts, and who are at least 18 years old can VOTE in the local elections!!

Raynham's is Sat April 22.
Raynham Middle School
Polls open 10a–8p

Last Day to register to vote is April 12, 2023
Those meeting these qualifications who have a Massachusetts Driver’s License can submit their registration online at
Taking care of our feathered friends is easy with our bird supplies.

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Guided Walk- Gertrude Boyden Wildlife Refuge
April 12, 1–2p

Taunton River Watershed Alliance member and volunteer Ellenor Simmons will lead a 1-hour walk along the Three Mile River to see if the herring are running. We are bound to see water birds, beautiful views, and a surprise dam. Medium hike. Sturdy shoes recommended. Dogs on leash welcome. Restrooms available.

Ellenor brings 32 years of state parks experience to TRWA as a former Southcoast Field Operations Team Leader and park supervisor with the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation. In her retirement, she enjoys leading walks and volunteering with our Diamondback Terrapin Population Research Project.

Limited to 15 participants. Registration required. Members free, non-members $5.
Meeting Place: Parking lot by park office building, 1298 Cohannet Street Taunton.

To register, call (508) 828-1101 or email
Friends of the Taunton Animal Care Facility Participating in Shaw’s 2GiveLocal Campaign!

Month of April
300 New State Highway

For all of the month of April, every purchase of the $3.00 Give Back Where It Counts Reusable bag at the Shaw’s located at 300 New State Highway; Shaws will send $1 to the Friends of the Taunton Animal Care Facility! 

For more information:
Poetry Workshop and Reception at Raynham Public Library
April 18 & April 29
760 S Main St

Starting on April 18th, stop by the Raynham Public Library and create some Spine & Blackout Poetry! Poems can be created for two weeks, and then on Saturday, April 29th at 2p, there will be a reception held to vote on your favorite poems! Popular picks will receive prizes.

For more information, visit the Library FB post.
Kicking off National Library Week with a special open house to celebrate our Library and our wonderful community.

Invite your friends and neighbors to come and learn more about all of the services offered at Raynham Public Library
April 22, 12p
760 S Main St
12–2:30p Meet Our New Mascot
Come meet our new library mascot, feel free to take pictures!
12–2p Reception
Join us in the Meeting Room for light refreshments and to meet the Friends of the Library and some of our Library Trustees. This is an opportunity to learn more about how the library works and find out ways to get involved.

Happening all day 10a–4P Literary Basket Raffle - Stop by for a free chance to win a library themed gift basket (a $200 value).

Name Our New Mascot Contest - Enter our mascot naming contest, a prize will be awarded for the winning entry.

Both adults and kids are welcome to enter.
All American Assisted Living Hosting Spring Wreath Crafting Event
April 29, 2023
2215 King Philip St

All American Assisted Living in association with the Raynham Senior center will be holding a Spring Wreath Crafting event at the Raynham Senior Center on April 29th at 2p.

Please RSVP beforehand to or 508-824-2704. 
Raynham Youth Baseball and Softball Opening Day Parade Coming Up!
Saturday, April 29th
Raynham Middle School

The Raynham Youth Baseball and Softball Opening Day Parade will be coming up on Saturday, April 29th, The parade will start at Raynham Middle School and travel down Darrington Drive to Pleasant Street.
RYBSA is still looking for high school volunteers for the parade, if you are interested in community service hours reach out to Patty Wagner (Patricia (Lynn) Wagner) on FB or via email at
19th Annual Hearts & Hands Walk for Autism and Family Fun Day

Saturday, April 29th
10a – 2p
American Legion Post 405,
291 Mill Street

Community Autism Resources (CAR) invites you to their 19th annual event! All the money raised through this event stays in the local communities and helps provide free services, supports, and resources to autistic children, teens, adults, and their families. All are welcome, so come join a fun-filled day for the entire family and community!

For more information, visit the FB event.
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Climate Can-Do:
South Shore Recycling Cooperative

To address the climate, Massachusetts recently elected Melissa Hoffer as its first Climate Chief in the Office of Climate Innovation and Resilience. The office in charge of resources and authority available to the Governor and executive department to advance climate change innovation, and resilience policies.

At the local level, South Shore Recycling Cooperative (SSRC) is a resource. The SSRC is a voluntary association of South Shore municipalities established in 1998. It helps its member municipalities improve their recycling programs, and reduce the quantity, toxicity and cost of disposal in a number of ways. Some include maintenance of solid waste programs, educating residents about waste management, and advocating for funding and regulations that minimize waste while maximizing recovery of useful materials. Their bimonthly newsletter highlights local opportunities to make a difference. Subscribe on Find out more about the Office of Climate Innovation and Resilience

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Hassan Sharif, Writing Intern, New York University. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
Raynham Board of Selectmen
April 4, 2023 Meeting
Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Raynham School Committee
March 29, 2023 Meeting
Video Courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Raynham's LaLiberte Elementary Students Celebrate Learning Nutrition

This past week, the Food Service Director for Bridgewater-Raynm School District, Eric DeLisle, took a trip to visit LaLiberte Elementary School to host an informational presentation on the importance of nutrition for third-grade students. Here, they discussed how to identify nutritious foods that boost your mood and received tips on how to eat a healthy lifestyle!


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$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

Historical Tidbit Question:
What year was the Raynham Baptist Church organized?

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 On April 12, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Tess Fiumefreddo, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Childhood, Children, Childlike. 
This week I wallow in the memory of it. Being a child, being childlike, playing with my children, playing with neighborhood children. As the weather gets warmer I hear their joyful shouts, playing nearby, through my open window. What a gorgeous sound! 

“Sweater, n. Garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.” ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

“There's nothing more contagious than the laughter of young children; it doesn't even have to matter what they're laughing about.”
~ Criss Jami, Killosophy

“When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” ~ Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit

“Life is a process during which one initially gets less and less dependent, independent, and then more and more dependent.” ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana
When I was a child, I worried a lot! As a parent, I worried more. Time now to play! So if you see me hooting and skipping, pay no mind, I'm just making up for lost playtime. ~ Jacquie
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
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