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Crotched Mountain’s Tax Exemption Number: EIN: 02-0222168

The Big (Little) Dance

CMS prom

The Mellon Program was a hive of energy, activity, and hair gel.

It was 5:30 pm on Friday, May 18. The descending sun bathed Crotched Mountain School in seasonal warmth. All throughout the campus, students were outfitting themselves in their finest formal-wear for one of the most anticipated nights of the year: the Crotched Mountain School Prom. And in the Mellon Program, nine children were met with an incredible surprise.

The children who live at Mellon come to Crotched Mountain School from New Hampshire’s Division of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), arriving from unsafe home situations. The Prom was going to be unlike anything they’ve ever experienced in their lives. To make it an extra special night, earlier in the day the Mellon staff went on a shopping spree, buying brand new fancy clothes for every child–dresses, slacks, shorts, button-up shirts, even shoes. The staff presented these new outfits to the children and their eyes grew as big as Frisbees. Every child, overjoyed, grabbed their new duds and darted for their rooms to get ready for the Big Dance.

Shirts were buttoned, dresses were fitted, shoes were tied. Kevin, one of the Mellon staff, even brought his go-to premium hair gel from home to give the boys a truly suave look (“I look professional!” one boy said after checking out his new coiffure in the mirror). While the boys were getting ready, the girls were indulging in their own hair rituals, with staff helping them braid, curl, and straighten their locks.

Finally, it was time to show off their dapper looks. Together, they walked the few steps from Mellon to Carter Hall, where the festivities were already in full swing. The music was blasting and the kids hit the dance floor. For the rest of the evening they jumped, ran, laughed, and danced their hearts out. None of them had ever been to a dance before.

Finally, as the sun set and the Prom wound down and bedtime was fast approaching, the children returned home. They were giddy and excited and falling asleep was not going to be easy. The staff, as they always are, were patient and accomodating. Eventually, fatigue overcame adrenaline, and the lights went out and The Littles closed their eyes and they slept, safe and sound. 

Ways to Give

Crotched Mountain is grateful to the individuals and organizations who join us in transforming lives through their generosity. Gifts may be directed in a variety of ways and are all tax deductible:

Online through the Give Now button (above).
Our donation process is fully encrypted to ensure all personal and financial information is kept safe and secure.

Check by mail:
Crotched Mountain Foundation
Development Department
One Verney Drive
Greenfield, NH 03047

Call us directly at 603.547.1488

Gifts and Securities

To deposit any DTC-eligible security into a U.S. Bank Trust or Custody account: Including but not limited to Equities, Corporate and Municipal Bonds, Commercial Paper, Medium-Term Notes, Collateralized Mortgage Issues, and Zero Coupon Bonds

Instruct current custodian to deliver to: The Depository Trust Company
Participant Account 2803
For credit to Crotched Mountain Foundation 6728029504

Please include  the donor name to facilitate appropriate credit.

The Memorial Garden

A Place to Rest, Remember and Celebrate

The Memorial Garden on Crotched Mountain provides an expansive outdoor gathering space for memorial services with a smaller, more intimate grotto for quiet contemplation.

It is near the scenic entrance to our award-winning accessible trails. While space remains, we invite you to recognize your loved one through stone benches, paving stones, memorial rock wall plaques and landscaping.

Click here to learn more


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