Flying Cloud Institute Appoints Afterschool Educator

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Flying Cloud Institute (FCI) has hired Liliana Atanacio as an Afterschool Science and Art Educator. 
 
In this role, Atanacio will lead afterschool Girls Science Clubs and MakerSpaces, as well as in-school residencies. She brings an understanding of the interconnectedness of multiple disciplines and the ability to analyze systems and incorporate critical thinking to create positive change.
 
"STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education has had a transformative power on my own life. I love watching the next generation of learners and leaders in our community. Nothing makes me happier than helping and supporting their dreams," said Atanacio.
 
Atanacio holds an Associate of Science in Engineering degree from Berkshire Community College (BCC) and has completed Arduino and coding coursework at Mount Holyoke College. In 2016, Atanacio participated in the first Community College hackathon in Massachusetts with Major league Hacking and BCC. Her work experience includes serving as a Maintenance Technician for Global Foundries, a semiconductor company where she optimized and maximized tool utilization through automation and inventory planning systems.
 
Outside of work, Liliana brings her passion for helping others to the Latinx community of Berkshire County. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and serves as co-president and founder of Latinas413, a nonprofit organization that advocates for Latinas representation. She spearheaded a mentorship program for Latinas413 and continues to mentor and to fundraise for scholarships.
 
"We welcome Liliana to the FCI team to inspire young people and educators through dynamic experiences with science and art that ignite creativity," said Executive Director Maria Rundle. "We are so grateful to have found an educator to support our mission."

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SBPHC to Offer Southern Berkshire County Vaccine Clinic

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Southern Berkshire Public Health Collaborative (SBPHC) will be hosting a Pfizer Bivalent Booster clinic for 5–11-year-old and 12+ years old at W.E.B DuBois (313 Monument Valley Road) in Great Barrington on Tuesday Dec. 13 from 4-7 pm. 
 
Regular dose flu vaccine will also be available.  Those eligible for a booster shot must have completed their primary series of the one dose Johnson & Johnson or the two dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.  Pre-registration is required, walk-ins will not be accepted.  If you need assistance registering, you can call Jill Sweet at (413) 717-7209 or Jayne Smith (413) 717-8922. 
 
Please bring your insurance card and COVID card to the clinic.  We are asking that you wear a short-sleeved shirt.  
 
Pizza will be provided for those that are vaccinated.  Please register here: https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/tritown
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