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Education Briefs: Last Call for Fourth Grade Raffle, College for Kids, New Mural Unveiled

A raffle is underway to raise funds for the fourth-grade celebration. There are a variety of gift cards from restaurants including Kyoto, Angelina’s and Al Fresca as well as baskets, with tickets priced at $15 for 25 chances or $20 for 50 chances. Buy tickets here.

Online raffle ticket purchases will close on Wed., Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. There will be additional sales during a wine glass paint night fundraiser at on Thursday, Feb. 17 at TJ Callahan’s. Raffle winners will be selected at 8:45 p.m. on Thursday. Any questions please email the organizers at or see the flyer, below.

College for Kids registration opened on Feb. 11. Middlesex Community College’s CFK program provides children ages 8 to 17 with a range of opportunities to explore careers, gain knowledge, develop new skills and boost their self-confidence. All program employees have experience instructing children in their content areas. Programs are offered on the Bedford and Lowell campuses, and there is a theater program at the Academic Arts Center in Lowell. Programs run full and half days during July and August. See the lineup here.

CFK organizers ask parents to note the recommended ages of each program when registering. Unless otherwise stated, the cost for each program includes materials/activities. Note that all students must provide Middlesex Community College with proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to coming on campus.

Parents will want to take their kids by the Library to check out the new mural recently painted in the children’s room by noted author and illustrator Bob Shea. The mural was funded by the Friends of the Tewksbury Library. Before you go, check out the cool time-lapse video of the mural’s creation on the TPL Facebook page. And once you’re there, look for Library mascot Hardcover Turtle in the mural.

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