Susan Dunn of MSAD 6 named School Nurse of Year

Susan Dunn of Buxton has been recognized by the Maine School Nurse Association as School Nurse of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding leadership skills and excellence in school nursing practices.

Dunn has been a school nurse for more than 20 years. She currently coordinates and provides care, while overseeing an LPN, for students of three elementary schools in MSAD 6. She also reaches out to school staff and town offices to connect families in need with resources in the community.

She works as a volunteer and leader to promote many projects, such as bone marrow drives, food pantries, Red Cross blood drives and Pennies for Patients.

Dunn served as the district staff coordinator for the Wellness team for two years and teaches first aid and CPR in the schools and in the community.

She also has been on the school nurse association’s executive board, serving as the secretary for many years.


Key Club poster wins international competition

Sanford High School’s Key Club earned international recognition this past summer.

A recruiting poster created by members Cherlline and Michelle Ouch placed first overall at the Key Club International Convention and is now being used worldwide to recruit high school students to Key Club.

The nondigital poster, which last April placed first in New England at the district convention, competed against other first-place posters in the international competition.


Photo of Kennebunkport baby takes contest’s grand prize

Noella Eva Grant was selected as the grand prize winner of a Southern Maine Health Care “Oh Baby! Photo Contest.”

Noella, who was born in SMHC’s birthing suite, is the daughter of Erika and Justin Grant of Kennebunkport.

The family received a $500 cash prize for submitting the winning entry.


Four receive funding perks from Coffee By Design

Coffee By Design announced four Maine organizations and individuals who will split $5,900 in funding from its annual Rebel Blend Fund Grant.

“Cultivating A Pollinator – Friendly Yard: A Seasonal Guide for Mainers,” submitted by Hannah Rosengren, will receive $575 to address the rapidly declining population of bees and other pollinators, how to care for backyards in an eco-friendly way, going beyond not just what to plant, but why and how.

“White Like You, Mommy,” submitted by Lesley MacVane, will receive $943 to introduce people to the art of documentary storytelling through video and to create a visual, personal piece that reflects a part of the population that often goes unrecognized. The project grew out of the artist’s experiences with her biracial daughter, which opened her eyes to the responsibilities that come with mothering a child of color in the U.S.

The Salvaged Crafts project, submitted by David Frazier Johnson Jr., will receive $2,493. The project, managed by Enactus at the University of Southern Maine, seeks to offer an opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to generate their own source of income while addressing recycling issues.

Maine Burundi Drumming World Connect, submitted by Leandre Habonimana and the Batimbo Beats, will receive $1,889. Batimbo Beats, a group of Burundians who live in Portland, uses performance to promote societal development and grow awareness of cultural diversity in Maine.

Rebel Blend winners are chosen each year by a team of CBD employees from each of the coffeehouses and the roastery, who review all applications and determine where the grant money will be most beneficial. To be considered for Rebel Blend funding, applicants must submit art projects within the state of Maine along with a detailed description of how their projects would benefit from the grant money. This year there were 22 applicants.

Bank’s foundation gives $19,000 to four programs

The People’s United Bank Community Foundation has awarded $19,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the communities it serves in southern Maine.

Habitat for Humanity of York County, in Kennebunk, will receive $10,000; Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake will receive $4,000; and the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program and Service Corps of Retired Executives Association each will receive $2,500.


8 groups win credit union’s Better Neighbor grants

The Town & Country Federal Credit Union’s Better Neighbor Fund grant winners were announced during a ceremony held at the credit union’s Operation Center recently.

The fund supports the good works that charities and other nonprofits carry out in the communities of Cumberland and York counties. The credit union has awarded a total of $150,000 to 48 charitable initiatives since its inception in 2010.

This year the grants were awarded in two categories: one for organizations with annual operating budgets less than $500,000 and the other for those with annual operating budgets over $500,000.

Winners of $5,000 grants are the Scarborough High School Select Chorus; Family Crisis Services; and The Summer Camp Inc., to fund 2016 camperships for girls.

Winners of $2,000 grants are Friendship House, for siding and insulation for recovery house; Riding to the Top’s “A Walk in the Woods” program; First Lutheran Early Childhood Fund’s Give a Child a Chance program; Casa Inc. of Maine, for handicapped-accessible transportation; and The Salvation Army’s “Tools for Life” program.