Eagle Scout benefits town

Cheverus High School senior Zachary Walker-Elders has been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Walker-Elders has been a Scout since age 6, first as a member of Cub Pack 109 and then as a member of Boy Scout Troop 109 of Lisbon Falls.

He earned his Eagle rank in December 2012 upon completion of his Eagle Board of Review.

For his qualifying community outreach project, Walker-Elders built equipment boxes and closets at several of the ball fields in town for the Lisbon Junior Athletic League.

He recruited several youths and parents associated with Troop 109 to help him design, build, paint, roof and install the boxes benefiting local T-ball, softball and baseball teams.

Walker-Elders has held many leadership roles with his troop, including Troop Patrol Leader, and has represented the Boy Scouts organization in community service, including his work with the Lisbon Area Community Outreach.

He is the son of Dawn and Jeffrey Walker-Elders of Lisbon Falls.


Grade school tackles hunger

North Berwick Elementary School celebrates the 100th day of school each year by giving back to the community.

This year, kindergarten through grade 5 students will spend six weeks raising hunger awareness and gathering food donations.

The pupils have been collecting food since Jan. 2.

On Feb. 14, they will meet in the school gymnasium to display their collection before donating it all to the New Covenant Food Pantry in North Berwick.


Geography champ crowned

Wells Junior High School sixth-grader Matt Chase has won the school’s 2013 Geographic Bee.

After surviving many rounds of challenging questions, Chase emerged the winner by knowing that Philadelphia is the large U.S. city located at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers.

Eighth-grade student Nick Hansen was the first runner-up and will serve as Chase’s back-up at the state Geographic Bee to be held at one of the campuses of the University of Maine in early spring.

Winners of state level competitions are invited to compete nationally at the National Geographic Society finale in Washington, D.C., in May.

Chase and Hansen each received a National Parks Quarter Collecting Adventure Kit.


Kiwanis inducts pair

Kiwanis Club of Rockland celebrated Kiwanis International’s 98th anniversary recently by inducting two new members.

William Packard of Union and Brooks Temple of Lincolnville were officially inducted into the club following a vote to accept their applications by the board of directors at a recent meeting.

Both had attended several club meetings prior to applying for membership.

The initiation event, which took place at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, was conducted by past lieutenant governor and past president Keith Wass, also of Lincolnville.

The Kiwanis Club meets weekly to determine community service projects and fundraising activities; to enjoy networking and fellowship opportunities; and to develop leadership skills.


Leukemia benefit to kick off

Students at St. John Catholic School are overseeing a “Pennies for Patients” campaign through Feb. 6 to raise money to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest non-profit health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.

The school also will host its premiere Teacher Swap on Thursday and Friday, with teachers from different grades trading places for the day.

For more details, call Deborah Goering at 725-5507.


Tootsie Roll drive a success

The St. Joseph Council No. 12941 of the Knights of Columbus raised more than $3,200 benefiting local charities through its recently held Annual Tootsie Roll Drive.

Those funds will be divided locally among the Biddeford Free Clinic, Maine Children’s Cancer Program (Hugs for Haley), Stone Soup Pantry and Creative Work Systems.


Sea Road math team excels

The Sea Road School Math Team has placed second in the Southern Maine Elementary Math League for the 2012-13 season out of 29 participating Grade 5 teams.

Notable individual student achievements included Julia Connolly and Ethan Eickmann earning third-place spots and Benjamin Quist earning fourth place.


Author enlightens students

Portland author Sarah L. Thomson recently visited Bonny Eagle Middle School to talk to students about her book of historical fiction, “Mercy: The Last New England Vampire.”

The book focuses on a vampire panic in New England in the 1800s. It is on the Maine Student Book Award nominee list for the 2012-13 school year.

Thomson gave four presentations for students, showing photographs, talking about her writing process, discussing the book jacket selection process, explaining the research and editing process. She also gave students a writing exercise and answered their questions.


St. Brigid celebration set

Students at St. Brigid Catholic School will celebrate Maine Catholic Schools Week with a variety of activities, including School Spirit Day, a roller-skating party and a student vs. staff volleyball game.

On Monday, seventh graders will prepare care packages for St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen. And, on Friday, eighth-grade students will deliver those packages to the soup kitchen.


Geography Bee winner

Buxton Center Elementary School fourth grader Lamaara Forrest has won the local round of the National Geography Bee at her school.

Runner up in the competition was fellow grade 4 student Chris Payeur.

Forrest has taken a qualifying exam for the state and national levels of the geography bee.

If she qualifies as one of the top scorers in the state, she will represent her school in the state bee later this spring.