Barbara Bush awards grant to RSU 3 literacy program

Posted June 24, 2011, at 6:29 p.m.

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Barbara Bush announced that the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy’s Maine Family Literacy Initiative has awarded a $25,000 Lighthouse Model Program Grant to the SPICE Family Literacy Program.

Pat Hughes, adult and community education director, accepted the award from Bush at a ceremony held at the J. Richard Martin Community Center in Biddeford on June 15.

The grant will be used in the RSU 3 Students and Parents in Cooperative Education Family Literacy Program to continue offering education services.

Ten grants of $25,000 were awarded this year from applications submitted by libraries, adult education and public schools across the state. Programs receiving support provide family literacy services including adult and early childhood instruction, and time for parents and children to read together. An additional two planning grants of $5,000 each will help communities develop the partnerships and resources needed to implement a family literacy program in 2011.

Fort Kent artists showcased in magazine

FORT KENT, Maine — Brian J. Theriault and Edmond Theriault of Fort Kent won the highest award as a traditional artisan in this year’s Directory of Traditional American Crafts and their work is showcased in the latest issue of Early American Life magazine.

The Directory of Traditional American Crafts is a special listing that appears in the August 2011 issue of Early American Life, a national magazine focusing on architecture, decorative arts, period style, and social history from colonial times through the mid-19th century.

The directory has been used for the past two decades by curators at living history museums, owners of traditional homes, and motion picture producers for finding artisans to make period-appropriate furnishings and accessories for displays, collections, and use.

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