ARUNDEL

MILDRED L. DAY Memorial School kindergarten through grade five students are participating in a project pairing philanthropy with classroom studies as part of the school’s Fourth Annual “100 Ways to Give From the Heart” campaign.

Each grade has pledged to collect 100 cans or boxes of a pre-selected nonperishable food item with students graphing their results daily. Students donating their cache of consumable goods to the St. Martha’s Food Pantry and the Kennebunk Animal Welfare Society.

PORTLAND

KELLY THOMAS, a senior at Cheverus High School, placed first in the Lincoln-Douglas debate division at the Maine Forensic Association State Debate Championship. The theme was “In the United States, juveniles charged with violent felonies ought to be treated as adults in the criminal justice system.”Thomas’ teammate, Aubrey Haskell, finished in fourth place, which secured a third-place state finish in the team sweepstakes.

Thomas is the daughter of Kevin and Nancy Thomas of Standish. Haskell is the daughter of Daniel and Natalie Haskell of Portland.

 

DANIEL K. HASKELL, a theology teacher and debate team coach at Cheverus High School, was named a recipient of the prestigious National Forensic League 1st Diamond Award. Haskell, of Portland, graduated from Cheverus in 1990 and has been a member of its faculty for the past 16 years. He will be recognized at the Lincoln Financial Group/NFL National Speech and Debate Tournament on June 17 in Dallas.

 

ECOMAINE, a nonprofit recycling and waste disposal operation, is looking for nominees for its eco-Excellence Awards.The awards are given by ecomaine to recognize individuals and groups who created or developed a “green activity” in any of the 40 communities contracted with ecomaine. Nominations must be submitted by Friday with a brief description of the nominee’s “green” activity. For more information, go to www.ecomaine.org or call 523-3108.

WESTBROOK

DROUIN DANCE CENTER is holding a dance camp during the week of February school vacation, Feb. 21-24. The camp will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. for kids ages 3- to 5-years-old; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for kids ages 5 and older. Students can attend any day of the camp or all four days. The cost for kids ages 3 to 5 is $10 a day or $40 for the week. The cost for kids ages 5 and up is $25 per day or $100 for the week. For more information, call 854-2221.

 

SCARBOROUGH

THE COMMUNITY CHAMBER is publishing a new community map showing local points of interest such as schools, parks, water features, landmarks and tourist attractions. The 5,000 maps are on target to print this fall. The map may also include a community profile, which highlights local events; important phone numbers; listings for community organizations, shops, restaurants and entertainment and cultural venues. If a business in Scarborough is interested in advertising on the map, call (603) 748-1219.

WELLS

KEVIN FINLEY, a sixth-grader, recently won the school-level competition of the 2011 National Geographic Bee with eighth-grader Mikala Dunbar placing second. Finely was invited to complete and pass a written test, created by the National Geographic Society, to advance to the state level of competition in April. The final round of the national championship will be held May 24 and 25 in Washington, D.C., for a chance to win a $25,000 college scholarship.

SOUTH BERWICK/ELIOT

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS in South Berwick and Eliot have pledged to raise $10,000 in 2011 to continue supporting the children of the Eben Ezer School in Milot, Haiti. Those funds will be used to support a feeding program at the northern Haiti school. Finances will be raised by students and staffers from Eliot Elementary School, Central School, Marshwood Great Works School, Marshwood junior and senior high schools and Berwick Academy via a number of fundraisers to be held at the schools and in the greater seacoast community over the coming months. The Eben Ezer School partnership was formed in 2007, when the Great Works School collected 200 pounds of school supplies to mail to Haitian students. For more information, go to www.lifeandhopehaiti.org.