LEARNINGWORKS Youth Building Alternatives students recently constructed a boardwalk over wetlands behind Skillin Elementary School. The boardwalk was built for the school’s learning gardens project and will help teachers and students study the ecology in the area.The garden also consists of a bird and butterfly garden, an outdoor classroom and a nature trail. All trails are open to the public.


THE PUBLIC LIBRARY is forgiving late fines in exchange for food donations beginning today through Dec. 19. The donations will benefit South Portland Food Cupboard, which serves between 50 and 60 different families or people each week.

Items needed include canned milk, cereal, tea bags, coffee, chicken noodle and tomato soups, tuna, pancake mix, baked beans, cocoa, canned fruits and vegetables. No items will be accepted through the book drop. For details, call 767-7660.


HAL FORD, a seventh-grader from Breakwater School, won first place in the Maine Youth Four Square Tournament on Nov. 14. More than 50 kids from Kennebunk to Lewiston participated in the tournament at Breakwater School. Matthew Fishbein, a seventh-grader from Cape Elizabeth Middle School, took second place; and Caden Horton, a fourth-grader from Brown School in South Portland, took third.


BONNY EAGLE High School Student Council sponsored a ceremony honoring military veterans Nov. 10. Members of the school’s Naval Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps spoke and laid a wreath at the Vietnam Memorial near the entrance of the high school after two band members played taps. The ceremony included performances by the school’s jazz band and chorus.


SEA ROAD SCHOOL students placed second in the team portion of the Southern Maine Elementary Math League Meet in Portland on Nov. 2. Earning individual prizes for second place were Lily Verna, Judah Phipps-Costin and Brennan Schatzabel. A total of 30 Sea Road School students serve on the team, and 16 students attended the meet. Those students included Ava Gaulkin, Perrin Conant, Britta Brown, Adia Grogan, Pierce Rotman, Sam Conzelman, Hallie Schwartzman, Jackie Allaire-MacDonald, Sarah MacKinnon, Cameron Neale, Will Bayha, Daniel Behrens and Owen Manahan.


THE LIBBY-MITCHELL POST 76 baseball team is selling the latest in a series of Christmas ornaments celebrating Scarborough history since 1985. The bulbs are $14.95 or two for $25 at Shirley’s Hallmark, Scarborough Dental Associates and Jones and Warren law office. For more information, call 883- 4167


KENNEBUNK HIGH SCHOOL recently sent a contingent to the State House in Augusta to participate in the YMCA Youth in Government Model State Legislature. Students of the school’s Political Affairs Club experienced the process of campaigning for political office and debating over bills they’d proposed on the House floor and in Senate chambers as they served in various leadership roles.


THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY is selling its 2011 calendar for $12. The calendar features images such as ships, horses, churches, schools, homes, and gardens. For more information, call 846-6259.