PORTLAND — L.L. Bean has donated $12,000 to the Portland Public Schools for projects that help students transition from elementary school to middle school and from middle school to high school.

The projects include a glee club at East End Community School that will collaborate with middle school choruses and a peer mentoring program that will pair students from Portland High School and King Middle School to work on a community service project.

It also will support an expanded Step-Across Day at Lyman Moore Middle School that will bring together high school teachers, guidance counselors, high school students and eighth graders to talk about social and academic expectations in high school.

And it will fund a variety of efforts to involve more Lincoln Middle School students in extracurricular activities, including an “activities fair” for incoming sixth-graders.

The goal of all of the projects is to help increase high school completion rates.

For more information, please contact Susan Steele, the district’s coordinator of supplemental educational services, at [email protected]