THE TELLING ROOM received a $14,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a yearlong writing project with local youths in the 2011-2012 school year.

The project, Searching for Maine/Searching for ME, will help students become documentarians through photography, writing and film.

Their stories will be documented in an anthology. The Telling Room and its students have already produced five anthologies.


MEMBERS of Sea Scout Ship 12 and Scout Venture Crew 271, two local Boy Scout organizations, recently toured the 110-foot Coast Guard cutter Jefferson Island.

The scouts toured the ship, handled firefighting equipment, learned how to throw a mooring line to a pier and took rides on a Coast Guard inflatable boat in Portland Harbor.

Sea Scout Ship 12 serves most of the southern region of Maine and is part of the Boy Scouts of America. It is chartered by the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club and serves young men and women ages 14 to 21. The Coast Guard provides meeting spaces and seamanship training and serves as a professional liaison.


SEVERAL PARENTS of students at the Morrison Center are spearheading a “Help My Child Learn to Walk” fundraiser.

The group is hoping to raise $12,000 to bring LiteGait training therapy to the center to help its disabled students and adults learn to walk. The group is halfway to its goal and is now seeking third-party donations.

The fundraiser’s blog-style website – www.helpmychildlearntowalk.wordpress.com – tells the stories of two Morrison students’ initial experiences trying LiteGait therapy. Created by the boys’ mothers, Michelle Chumsae and Catherine Taylor, the blog shares the stories of Miles, a 6-year-old kindergartner, and Leland, a 3-year-old preschooler.

Donations can be made at the fundraiser website through PayPal. Donations can also be made to: Morrison Center, LiteGait Fundraiser Program, P.O. Box 1539, Scarborough ME 04070. For details, call 883-6680.