On December 20th, members of DEW Construction’s Culture Club organized a memorable holiday Gifts of Joy night for the students and faculty at the Crotched Mountain School & Village. The evening was filled with fun activities and surprises, including movies, pizza, coloring, cupcake decorating, and a holiday hayride. Andrew Hoogeboom, Assistant Superintendent, played the part of Santa Claus brilliantly, and Kevin Hoard, Project Manager, did an impressive job as the Grinch, handing out presents to all the students.
The Crotched Mountain School, a program of Seven Hills New Hampshire, offers a range of programs for students aged 5-21 with disabilities. With a focus on special education, recreation, arts, music, and vocational programming, the school provides comprehensive support for both residential and day students. DEW has been working closely with the Crotched Mountain School & Village since early 2023 to enhance their campus facilities.
DEW would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our team for their efforts in putting this special event on, the New Harvester Market for cooking up some delicious pizza, Greeley Farms Landscaping, LLC for generously donating cupcake decorating kits and cookies, the Greenfield NH Volunteer Fire Department for bringing an extra touch of magic and showing up with their fire trucks and escorting the holiday hayride, and Pinnacle Rock Mechanical Services for generously lending their tractor and trailer for the hayride.
DEW’s Project Manager, Kevin Hoard, said of the event, “What a fabulous evening! Working with the staff at Seven Hills has been incredible, not only for DEW but also for me personally. The students have brought immense joy to our lives, and it was an absolute honor to be part of an initiative that aimed to give back to them. We are already planning a way to go bigger next year!”
Deborah Tigh, Seven Hills Director of Development, said, “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to you and your team for orchestrating a wonderfully enchanting event for our children. Working alongside such exceptional partners in our Mountain transformation is a privilege, and it fills me with joy as we approach Christmas, knowing that there are remarkable individuals with integrity and spirit illuminating our path forward.”
As the first round of group homes near completion, students at the Crotched Mountain School will soon be moving into their new homes. DEW’s collaboration with the school has encompassed various site enhancements, including remodeling group homes, staff housing, pool, and dining facilities, as well as fire safety upgrades in the primary school building.