BONNY EAGLE HIGH School Assistant Principal Lori Napolitano has been named the Maine Principals’ Association Assistant Principal of The Year for 2011. She will be honored by the MPA at its annual awards banquet on April 28.

Napolitano also has been recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, for which she will attend a three-day program in Washington, D.C., this spring to participate in professional development activities, attend a formal awards dinner and explore networking opportunities with the honorees from 49 other states.

Napolitano received the award based on her accomplishments as a collaborative educational leader who was instrumental in developing the Response to Intervention initiative in her school and as the architect of a system that created vertically aligned communities that enhance personalization, interdisciplinary learning, rigor and relevancy for Bonny Eagle’s students.


PEOPLE’S UNITED COMMUNITY Foundation has awarded Caring Unlimited a $5,000 grant to support its residential services programs, including an 18-bed emergency shelter that provides victims of abuse with immediate, temporary safe haven as they work to get and stay free from an abusive partner.

Caring Unlimited’s residential services also include a 15-unit transitional housing facility that allows families to continue to rebuild their lives after abuse by offering an affordable, safe place to live for up to 24 months.

For more details, call Emily Flowers at 490-3227, extension 107.


WELLS HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR Paul McDonough received the Liberty Mutual Athlete of the Month Award for October. Considered a standout athlete in football, basketall and baseball, McDonough was selected by a school committee based on his sportsmanship on and off the field, a grade point average above 3.0 and exceptional athletic ability.


WELLS HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMEN Kasey Bullard, Jasmine Loukola and Bennie McMinis were nominated by their former eighth-grade English teacher, Julie Esch, to attend the National Young Leaders State Conference for New England from Thursday through Sunday in Wakefield, Mass.

The conference was a part of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, which includes students from the six New England states who perform well academically and display leadership skills among their peers. Each of the students was required to raise trip expenses. Several community fundraisers helped to raise the money.


WELLS JUNIOR HIGH School students and volunteers served their annual Thanksgiving dinner to 435 senior residents on Nov. 21. This year, 113 eighth-grade students volunteered their services to oversee all aspects of preparing and serving the free dinner that is served as an appreciation dinner for area seniors.


WALKERS IN THE Portland area raised $11,000 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in its annual “give thanks” walk.

The walk, held Nov. 20, was one of 60 events held to kick off the seventh annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.


MEMBERS OF THE Westbrook Fire Department delivered 10 Thanksgiving dinners to families in need last month.

Members of the Valentine Hose and Presumpscot Hose companies, Engine 2 and Squad 1, delivered the dinners and made a donation to the Westbrook Food Pantry.

The city’s firefighters have generously donated their time and efforts to families in need during the holidays for the past 10 years.


CHEVERUS HIGH SCHOOL Key Club provided 742 Thanksgiving baskets for families in need.

Each basket contained the items for a complete holiday meal.