THE BONNY EAGLE HIGH SCHOOL Student Council recently raised $450 to benefit the people of Japan via the Save the Children fund.

The students held Operation Paper Crane, hanging a crane in the school lobby for each $1 raised. They mailed 700 cranes to Students Rebuild, an initiative that mobilizes young people worldwide to learn and take action on critical global issues.

The Bezos Foundation donated $2 for every crane that was received.


THE SANFORD HIGH SCHOOL cast and crew of the film “April’s Heart” won the Young Filmmaker Award (features category) at the Litchfield Hills Film Festival in Connecticut.

About 125 students from the school’s Film Club were involved in making the film, which was created under the direction and banner of Project AWARE and Gum Spirits Productions.

The film premiered in fall 2010. The project was sponsored by the Sanford Safe Schools Healthy Students Initiative. To view a clip of the movie or to learn more about Project AWARE’s teen advocacy work, go to


YORK COUNTY SHELTER Programs’ Alfred campus, Shaker Hill Kitchens in Saco and the Bakery at Notre Dame in Alfred were recognized by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for their efforts to promote environmental stewardship.

Those practices include composting; upgrading lighting, windows and appliances; using solar power systems; eliminating the use of Styrofoam; raising free-range chicken and pigs for food, and working on sustainability practices with local farmers.

For details, go to or call 324-1137.


THE SOUTHERN MAINE AGENCY on Aging is seeking a VISTA volunteer to donate one year of full-time service beginning Aug. 8. Potential volunteers must be 18 or older, a citizen or legal resident, able to commit to one year of full-time service, pass a background check and not be employed or attending school full time.

VISTA members receive a $936 monthly stipend, health coverage, child care assistance of up to $400 per month, optional life insurance and student loan deferment. Following their commitment, VISTA workers may select a $5,550 education award or a $1,500 cash stipend.

Interested applicants may call Ken Murray, director of volunteer services, at 396-6520 or write to [email protected] Recruitment must be completed by Friday.


MORE THAN 100 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders turned out to compete in School Administrative District 6’s Spring Math Meet.

Overall grade 4 winners: Aidan McGlone, Regan McCleary and Jack McCormick; overall grade 5 winners: James Conley, Tucker Fournier and Aaron Hodgman; overall grade 6 winners: Ronahn Clarke, Hope Adams and Kathryn Bearor.

Overall winner was Ronahn Clarke.