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Service Learning Project Award Recipients Announced Today

November 19th, 2009

In a special ceremony at the Capitol today, Mrs. Baldacci, Time Warner Cable, and the Maine Commission for Community Service presented Service Learning Awards.  Awards were presented to Maine Schools

and community programs, working with children (k-12), focused on STEM activities (science, technology, engineering, math).  Projects selected combine classroom instruction and a focus on critical reflective thinking while engaging students in community service. Mrs. Baldacci remarked, “Combined, high quality education and active service in the community prepares our young people for their future.” Winning Applicants are as follows:

$1,000 Awards:
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland Youth Programs.-
With this award, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland and Deering High School will work together to intertwine themes of affordable, energy-efficient housing within the schools existing architecture curriculum, challenging students to create and implement a plan that matches Habitat’s standards of affordability and environmental efficiency.  George Ellis and Stefanie Millette were on hand to accept the Award.

The New School in Kennebunk , ME.-With this grant, The New School will be able to provide important winterization materials and services for low income households in the area.  This grant will also allow The New School to provide professional weatherization training for their students.  Marylyn Wentworth, Principal, Nathan Maynard, teacher, and student, Landon Knittweis were present to accept the certificate.

Buckfield Junior Senior High School.- With this grant, students will further their existing “green our school and community” project by implementing a new composting system outside the school cafeteria.  The students will study, research and design the composting system and will then educate the entire school on the importance of composting and sustainability. To accept the award Allie Burke, Afterschool Program Director for RSU#10 Western Foothills Kids Association, was present.

$4,000 Awards:
Jay Middle School.-
  With this award they will expand their current greenhouse facility.  Grade 8 students in the Gifted and Talented program will research architectural design and geodesic domes, will serve as team leaders, and will help supervise the construction of a geodesic dome greenhouse by the entire 8th grade class, volunteers, local parents, and local builders.  Funds from this grant will help to cover the purchasing of the geodesic dome greenhouse construction kit.  There to accept the award was Robert Taylor, teacher and Dustin Jones and Erik Taylor, students.

Rockland District High School and Youth Links. - This award will provide funding to support the Youthlinks Bike Rehab Project, a new service learning initiative that will promote positive youth development and STEM knowledge and provide the community’s most vulnerable residents with increased tools for transportation and self-sufficiency.  Students will work to refurbish and distribute bikes to adult and youth residents of the MidCoast Hospitality House in need of transportation. Amie Hutchison, Program Director at Youthlinks, was on hand to accept the award.

Melinda Poore, Vice President of Government and Community Relations at Time Warner Cable, was present to make the awards.  “We are excited to partner with the Maine Commission for Community Service and to support the work our grant recipients are doing in the STEM arena to support their community. At Time Warner Cable, community service is an important part of our business.  We strongly believe that it is our responsibility to give back to the communities we serve…  As a company with roots in innovation, today I am excited to announce Time Warner Cable’s new philanthropic initiative, Connect a Million Minds, which introduces youth to opportunities and resources that inspire them to develop the important science, technology, engineering and math skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow,” said Melinda Poore.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing volunteer managers, raising awareness, and encouraging an ethic of service. To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit our web-site at www.maineservicecommission.gov.