April 29, 2013

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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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The children paraded around the school grounds wearing traditional bell bracelets and then were treated to a great buffet of traditional Turkish foods, prepared by the parents and staff.

Two of the classes performed skits based on Turkish folk tales they had read.


Academy wins third place

Berwick Academy is the third place winner of the 2013 Follett Challenge, a nationally recognized program that rewards schools for their work in applying technology, content, and creativity in ways that engage students, foster literacy and promote critical thinking through their library programs.

Berwick Academy also received $35,000 of funding for use in the school's library programming.

For the challenge, the school submitted an entry detailing the Berwick Innovation Center, a supplemental program run through the Jackson Library, that is designed to help meet the creative and intellectual needs of students through mentor-supported areas of study that hold a strong interest or curiosity for students.

For more details, go to www.berwickacademy.org.


RSU 21 in healthcare project

Regional School Union 21 of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel has been selected to participate in an American Academy of Pediatrics project aimed at improving healthcare services provided to their students.

The district was selected based on a grant prepared by Doris Kain, nurse at Sea Road School, in conjunction with her colleagues.

The five-year project is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention School Health Branch.

Known as TEAMS (Training, Education, Assistance, Mentorship and Support), the AAP provides training, resources and technical assistance to school districts interested in strengthening policies, practices, and infrastructure related to school health services.

A three-member team has been formed, comprised of Donald Burgess, MD, FAAP, physician partner; Karen Markellos, RN, community health partner; and Doris Kain, RN, who will serve as the district health partner.

After some initial training, a needs assessment will be completed and an action plan written.

Project offerings include online and in-person training, resources, a mentorship program and technical assistance.

Areas of focus may include revising school health services polices and protocols, strengthening referrals, linkages and care coordination with community providers, or increasing alignment with national and state school health guidelines.

For more details, call Assistant Superintendent Sara Zito at 985-1100.


Library awarded grants

The Orr's Island Library has received three grants to aid in the completion of its nearly five-years-long building and renovation project.

The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation awarded $25,000 to the library, with the Davis Family Foundation awarding $5,000 and the Alfred M. Senter Fund donating $3,000 toward the project.

Originally built as a cottage in 1905, the library has changed little over the years.

A new reading room and storage facility have been added.

The building has been brought up to ADA standards and features a wheelchair lift.

A new heating system has been installed and the historic original reading room has been restored to its 1905 charm.

The library has recently expanded its hours to 1 to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.


Several win at poetry festival

Five area high schools boasted multiple winners among the 20 finalists chosen for this year's Sixth Annual Merriconeag Poetry festival. Catherine McAuley High School, Falmouth High School, Merriconeag Waldorf High School, Glickman Academy and Morse High School all provided at least two finalists, whose works were selected from a submission pool of entries representing 14 high schools.

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