April 29, 2013

In Brief


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Wells Elementary School students Amanda Ring and Isabella DeAngelis stand by a miniature cardboard replica of a safe house they created as part of a display for a class study on the “Underground Railroad” recently.

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Underground Railroad studied

Wells Elementary School grade 4 students completed a five-week study on the 'Underground Railroad" with an open house event to share what they'd learned with parents and guests.

Sixty-eight pupils participated in the course of study to learn about the historic network of routes and safe houses that helped bring African slaves from bondage to "free" states and Canada prior to and during the Civil War.

During the open house, students staged a pretend television game show in the spirit of the old "To Tell the Truth" program, that asked guest panelists to question three contestants to discover the identity of the real Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist and "conductor" on the Underground Railroad.

There also was a student-created play about children of slave parents pondering their fate following the sale of their mother. There were numerous wall displays, including diary entries written by students from the viewpoint of being a slave.

Two students created a miniature safe house complete with furnishings.


Scholarships to be presented

The Maine Marine Association is accepting applications for its premiere education scholarships benefiting high school seniors from the Casco Bay islands who plan to continue their education.

Two $500 scholarships will be presented to graduating senior students this June.

Students who wish to apply are asked to submit a 500-word essay describing themselves and their plans for post-high school education. Two letters of recommendation from non-family members also are required.

Application essays should be emailed to mainemarine1@gmail.com no later than May 1.

For more details, go to www.mainemarineassociation.com or call Capt. Gene Willard at 807-6753.


Energy Extravaganza goes on

Ten of Maine island and coastal schools are participating in the Island Institute's Spring Energy Extravaganza, an energy-education program running through May 9.

Teams representing Camden Hills Regional High School, Washington Academy, Jonesport-Beals High School, Searsport District Middle School, Islesboro Central School, North Haven Community School, Deer Isle-Stonington High School, Pemetic Middle School, Vinalhaven School and Elm Street School in East Machias are working with their individual school's facility manager, students and staff to reduce energy use throughout their respective school for a chance to win $2,000 in eBucks to be redeemed to make efficiency upgrades at the schools.

Some schools have already used their past winnings to purchase LED exit signs, task lights, outlet timers and to implement other energy efficiency projects.

The competition will wrap up with an announcement of the results and a celebration at the Energy Fair in Belfast on May 10.

Energy for ME is a multi-year energy education project funded through a competitive grant from the National Science Foundation.

The goal is to increase students' awareness of and interest in science, technology, engineering and math fields of study and careers.

For more details, go to www.islandinstitute.org/energyforme or call Brooks Winner at 594-9209 Ext.148.

Students study Turkey

Cornerspring Montessori School students recently capped a 10-week cultural curriculum study to explore the country of Turkey.

Each year, the students select a country to study, including its various traditions.

For this study, students colored the Turkish flag and maps and explored various introductory activities.

They also learned about the history, geography, government, language, arts and music, architecture and landmarks of Turkey and read books, heard folk tales and learned traditional Turkish songs.

This year's study culminated in a day-long "Children's Celebration," a traditional holiday at this time of year in Turkey.

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