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Scrapbook fundraiser for KidCare America a true community effort

By Joni Averill

Cropping for Kids is a two-day scrapbooking event to benefit KidCare America of Lincoln, an after-school mentoring program open to all children in that area in grades one through eight.

KidCare America partners with Creative Memories independent consultants Nami Cole and Janelle Tinkham to host Cropping for Kids, scheduled for  6-9 p.m. Friday, April 1, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Community Evangel Temple, 124 River Road in Lincoln.

According to information provided by Cheryl Russell, funding and development director for KidCare America, the Friday hours enable crafters to set up and get a head start on projects they will complete the following day, with help from a variety of sources.

The  $20 admission fee includes table space, morning coffee, free workshops throughout the day, access to special discounted products, use of scrapbooking tools and door prizes.

To register, email Nami Cole at or call 794-2164.

However, this fundraiser has a side event open to the public with no admission fee.

During the Saturday session, a donations-only bake sale will feature baked beans, cole slaw and yeast rolls, and here, for me, is where this fundraiser gets a bit personal.

That’s because the yeast rolls are being provided by students from Chef Herman Ammerman’s Culinary Arts class at Northern Penobscot Tech Region III in Lincoln.

You see, Chef Herman is a member of my extended White family, so I happen to know those yeast rolls can’t be beat, nor, for that matter, can anything else Chef Herman creates!

When Cheryl and I talked and I told her of my “Herman connection,” she told me he and his students have played an integral part in this fundraiser since the beginning.

“This will be the third time Northern Penobscot Tech has partnered with us,” she said.

“In my role, we work very intentionally in collaborating with other organizations in our community, and this is a perfect way for kids at Northern Penobscot Tech to participate in something philanthropic.”

And she added, “Yeast rolls are a lost art!

“I can solicit baked beans and fudge” from community members, she said, “but if I ask them to make a yeast roll they say, ‘Oh, don’t you just buy them at Hannaford in packs of six?’”

Chef Herman and his students have dubbed this project “rolling in the dough for the kids.”

Everyone benefits from efforts such as these, Herman told me by phone when I caught up with him, this week, during an NPT open house.

Being part of such an event “is so important, because food touches everybody, and food makes such a big difference in life,” he said.

Such projects help his students understand that “what we create in our kitchen can make a difference outside our walls.”

“These are opportunities for them to see that the things we do actually mean something; it means more than a paycheck.”

Herman is training students seeking employment in the food service industry that they will “have to find pleasure and personal satisfaction” in that work, that just bringing in a paycheck is not what it is all about.

This event, for example, is about helping families who are struggling financially to keep their children in the program, Cheryl said.

But she also emphasized that KidCare America is open to everyone, and openings are available.

“There are no income guidelines,” she said, adding there should be no misunderstanding about who is eligible to participate in this program: It is for everyone.

“Parents can be affluent, or they can be struggling,” she said.

No matter what your family/personal/work-related situation, “if you want a safe, educational place for your child to come after school,” Cheryl said, KidCare is there.

Tuition is $10 per day for this after-school, one-on-one mentoring, tutoring and exercise program where children also receive a snack and help with their homework.

“Parents pick them up at 5:30 [p.m.] and their homework is done, and they can enjoy fun family time,” Cheryl said.

Proceeds from Cropping for Kids and donations from your bake sale purchases will benefit a scholarship fund for families in need of financial assistance.

For more information about this after-school program, contact director Michelle Russell at or call 794-2273.
Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402;; 990-8288. 



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