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Lawn and bake sales
WARREN — The Medomak Valley High School sophomore class will hold a lawn sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Town Line’s Video Flea Market, 3163 Atlantic Highway. Donated items are needed for the sale. High school classes that want to reserve a table may call Wanda Benner at 542-3822. A bake sale to benefit sixth-grade class trip fund also will be held.
Band instruments sought
SEARSPORT — The music programs at Frankfort, Searsport and Stockton Springs Elementary Schools, and Searsport District Middle-High School are seeking instrument donations. If you have an unwanted flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet or trombone in good or repairable condition, consider donating it. Drop off instruments at the Searsport District Middle-High School, Frankfort Elementary, Searsport Elementary or Stockton Springs Elementary. For more information, contact Katie Bailey at 548-2317 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Charlene Farnham at 548-2313 or email@example.com.
Constitution essay contest
The largest contest of its kind in the country, the contest explores the founding principles outlined in the Constitution. The contest is administered by the Bill of Rights Institute, a nonprofit educational organization in the Washington, D.C., area devoted to educating young people about the Constitution and founding principles. The 2011-2012 contest is sponsored by the History Channel.
Students are asked to share their thoughts on the Constitution by answering the question: “How does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?”
The top three student winners from each of five geographical regions will be awarded cash prizes of $1,000, first place; $500, second place; $250, third place. Teacher sponsors for each student winner will receive a cash prize of $100.
Further information, including submission criteria, lesson plans and background information on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, founders and the founding principles are available at http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/Contest.
The Office Depot Star Teacher Program, in conjunction with the Office Depot Foundation, are the national sponsors of the Kids In Need Teacher Grants program with Ready, Steady, GO! a grants initiative especially for middle school teachers being conducted by the Kids In Need Foundation. Grant applications are being accepted online through Oct. 30. Grants are awarded in amounts from $100 to $500.
For more information, visit https://www.mystarteacher.com/loyalty/enrollment.do?group_code=20080. To apply for a Ready, Steady, GO! grant, go to http://www.kinf.org/grants/2011_teacher_grant_app.php?source=odf.
Junior Achievement of Maine
Across Maine, children of all ages are heading back to school. At the same time, many businesspeople are preparing to do the same — as Junior Achievement volunteers. Each year, more than 300 business professionals, parents, retirees and college students throughout the state help students in Junior Achievement programs develop the skills they need to succeed in a competitive economy. Using their personal experiences in combination with JA’s age-appropriate curricula, volunteers teach young people about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. For example, third-grade students learn about careers and how businesses contribute to a community in Junior Achievement’s Our City program, and high school students learn business-management basics through Junior Achievement’s online program, JA Titan.
Junior Achievement of Maine is seeking volunteers for this year’s programs. JA offers programs from kindergarten through grade 12 and orients volunteers on how to use the user-friendly materials and work with students.
Those interested in volunteering for JA of Maine may contact JA staff at 347-4333 or visit http://www.jamaine.org.
Workshop for teachers
BELFAST — Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition and Maine Project Learning Tree will hold an educational workshop for area teachers and community volunteers 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. The day will begin at the RSU 20 superintendent’s office next to Belfast High School, and the afternoon will be spent on the campus of Drinkwater School in Northport.
Participants will explore the school’s forests, outdoor classrooms and varied habitats with natural resource professionals and trained PLT facilitators. There will be time to study the 2011 Project Learning Tree pre-kindergarten-grade eight Activity Guide, while making connections to state standards and weaving a variety of environmental and conservation topics into individual curriculum requirements.
Participants will receive the Activity Guide, a variety of other take-home resources plus 6 contact hour credits. Dress warmly and bring a lunch.
The workshop cost is $35. Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 14, by contacting Pat Maloney at 626-7990.