Students visit hospital

Sanford High School Key Club members recently traveled to the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute (KPTI) in Boston for an open house and tour of the facility.

The students joined several other New England Key Club groups to visit the hospital and learn more about how Kiwanis and Key Clubs serve children being treated there.

For more than 20 years, those organizations have donated toys, books, blankets and other items.

Key Club International is a student-led organization for high school students around the world interested in serving their communities.


Student fundraisers honored

More than 100 Scarborough Middle School students recently were honored for raising more than $10,000 for the Frannie Peabody Center.

The students raised the funds through their 26th annual Ed Wimert Memorial Bike/Walk-A-Thon for AIDS events.

Participants received certificates of recognition and awards.

The annual event has raised more than $200,000 to benefit the center since it was founded in 1986.

The Frannie Peabody Center is Maine’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization with offices in York and Cumberland counties. It provides comprehensive services for more than 500 HIV/AIDS patients in Maine as well as preventative services for at-risk populations.

For more details, call Katie Rutherford at 774-6877, ext. 8013 or email [email protected]


Reserve worker honored

Dr. Christine Feurt, coordinator of the Coastal Training Program at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, was presented with the 2012 NERR System and NERR Association Award recently at the annual NERRS/NERRA meeting, held in West Virginia.

The award is given annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the reserve system.

Feurt was honored for designing and developing the Coastal Training Program and her efforts to convey science to elected officials, regulators, land conservationists and policymakers.

Feurt is also director of the Center for Sustainable Communities at the University of New England.


Holiday raffle tops $1,100

A holiday raffle has raised more than $1,100 on behalf of the Community Library on John Street.

For more details, call the library at 499-7114.

Students reunite for podcast

Twelve Wells High School students recently reunited at Wells Elementary School to participate in a final joint project for a popular podcast they created nearly a decade ago called Room 208.

In 2004, the 12 were Grade 3 and 4 students of teacher Bob Sprankle in Room 208. Sprankle, now the elementary school’s technology integrator, first had the students work on a blog about their classroom learning experiences.

Then they met weekly to brainstorm story ideas for future podcasts, assuming the roles of producers, writers, interviewers and voice-over announcers during the production, with Sprankle editing and uploading each program.

Popular segments included “Student News,” “Animal Corner,” “Word of the Week,” “This Week in History” and sports.

The show’s audience grew quickly with the news media, including the Maine Public Broadcasting Network and the New York Times reporting on the students’ use of new technology.


Festival of Trees! winners

Top winners of the Eighth annual Festival of Trees! community tree-decorating event have been announced. The contest benefits the programs of the Dyer Library and Saco Museum.

The People’s Choice Grand Award went to “Nature’s Creation,” a tree sponsored by Dennet, Craig, & Pate and decorated by Dennis Desrosiers.

People’s Choice First Runner Up, “Winter’s Twilight,” was sponsored by People’s Choice Credit Union and decorated by Judy Wallace. Second Runner Up was “Winter Showers Bring Christmas Flowers,” sponsored and decorated by the Ferry Landing Community.

The Students’ Choice Grand Award, selected by area students who came in for guided tours, went to “Tis The Season to Sell Cars,” sponsored and decorated by Prime Motor Group.

Kid’s Choice First Runner Up was “Winter Showers Bring Christmas Flowers.” Second Runner Up went to “Silver Bells” sponsored by Saco & Biddeford Savings Bank and decorated by Sandy Riley and Marjorie Cantara.


Metro Toy Bus gifts delivered

Thanks to the efforts of students, parents, faculty and staff of The Holy Cross and St. Brigid Catholic Schools, the METRO Toy Bus was able to deliver more than 800 toys, books and other gifts to local children and families at Christmas on behalf of the Salvation Army.

The METRO Toy Bus events are part of the Joy of Sharing holiday giving program, which has helped deliver thousands of toys to children in Maine.

For more details, call 774-0351.

Construction group awards scholarships to students

The Maine Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association recently awarded scholarships to Maine college students who are pursuing careers in the construction industry.

The award recipients include University of Maine’s construction management technology students Greg Dexter and Billy Roy, Husson College student Kolby Youland and Thomas College student Matthew Libby. Each received a $2,500 scholarship during the Associated General Contractors of Maine All Industry Meeting in Lewiston.

Libby was also awarded the George Thomas Scholarship of $1,000.


Custodian honored for 31 years

Maine School Administrative District 6 custodian Don Tanguay recently was honored by students and staffers for his 31 years of service to the district. Tanguay retired Dec. 12.

Students and teachers lined the hallway, some holding congratulatory signs and others high-fiving Tanguay as he took his “walk of honor” along the hallway of George E. Jack Elementary School.


Geography Bee winners

Bonny Eagle Middle School students Archer Thomas, Trevor Hustus and Rylan Neal took the top three spots during the 2012 Bonny Eagle Middle School Geography Bee.

— From staff reports

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