Students honor veterans

Wells Junior High School teacher Rachel Kilbride and her fifth-grade students recently completed a project to identify and honor military veterans laid to rest at various locations throughout Wells.

Students worked with Kilbride’s husband, James, who is a veteran, and Wells historian Hope Shelley as they researched.

The fifth-graders discovered that more than 800 veterans are buried in the town, at 100 or so grave sites. There are 488 veterans interred just across the street from the school at Ocean View Cemetery. The deceased include veterans from the French and Indian War to the present.

To honor the veterans, students created more than 800 paper wreaths, each one bearing the name of a deceased soldier at its center, that were displayed on school walls.

McDonald’s supports school

The Parent Teacher Student Association at Wells Elementary School was recently presented with $500 from the McDonald’s in Wells.

Bob Hogan of the Hogan Company, owner-operator of 17 McDonald’s restaurants including the one in Wells, presented the donation to PTSA member Stacy Robie.

The donation was part of the restaurant’s celebration of its re-opening after recent renovations. Also on hand were Ronald McDonald; Tim Moulton, Hogan Company director of operations; Wells McDonald’s restaurant manager Jerry O’Brien and supervisor Tracy Charles.

Additionally, Saturday has been designated as McTeachers Day at the Wells McDonald’s, with 20 percent of all sales from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to be donated to the PTSA to support education at the elementary school.

Online gallery wins awards

Wells Elementary School’s art department has won two awards from Artsonia.com, the world’s largest online art museum for kindergarten through grade 12 students.

Artsonia named the school’s online gallery on student-created art as the best of all galleries created by Maine students for 2011-2012. Art teacher Sandy Brennan received the 2011-2012 Leadership Award for her guidance in assisting students with the ongoing project.

Participating schools are ranked by criteria including the number of artworks in a gallery, fan club members and artist statements.

Brennan also was cited for her efforts to get family and community involved in art education and technology integration in the arts.


Students give to community

Cornerspring Montessori School students kicked off the new year by selecting four organizations they plan to sponsor in 2013 as part of community giving and service initiatives, either locally or abroad.

For the third year, students chose to support the Belfast Soup Kitchen, quickly collecting six boxes full of non-perishable food items to donate.

Cardinal preschool and kindergarten students will sponsor a schoolwide book drive. Books collected will be distributed in the local community with the help of Broadreach Family and Community Services. Broadreach is a United Mid-Coast Charities and a United Way of Eastern Maine agency that offers programs and services for children and families in need.

Cornerspring also will continue its support of Amman Imman’s Wells of Love project.

The school also will investigate supporting a local animal shelter this year, with students holding events such as bake sales to help raise money for animals.

For more details, call 338-5800 or go to www.cornerspringmontessori.com.


Library media lab gets funds

Best Buy Children’s Foundation recently donated $8,000 to the Auburn Public Library to support a 10-part series of educational and equipment workshops for teenagers at the new Create! Media Lab, a digital studio in the library.

The studio also is accessible to Lewiston Public Library cardholders.

Equipped with three Apple Mac computers that feature iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand and Audacity software, the lab also features a digital scanner, video camera, still camera, electronic keyboard, two microphones, studio lights, headphones and multiple guitar input jacks for connecting electric guitars or acoustic pickups.

Users will be able to create music and podcasts, design ads, manipulate digital images, scan photos and documents, make movies and edit existing work.

The space can be booked for two-hour blocks.

The lab is open from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday; from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The library is at 49 Spring St.

For more details, call 333-6640 or go to www.auburnpubliclibrary.org.