Past Grants

2015-2016

Deering High School

Grant Award: $500

Mindfulness and Meditation Training

Members of the Natural Helpers program at Deering High School received a $500 grant for Mindfulness and Meditation Training. After attending the training, the Natural Helpers will offer classes in mindfulness and meditation to other students as a way to cope with stress.

King Middle School

Grant Award: $500

Fruit Trees

While participating in a learning expedition “IT”S FOR THE BIRDS’. students at King Middle School identified that birds are losing their habitat. With the $500 they receive from PFP, they are going to plant fruit trees throughout Portland to help increase the bird habitat.

Reiche Elementary School

Grant Award: $495

Big Buddies

When third grade students at Reiche Elementary School learned that preschoolers at a nearby school were nervous about coming to Kindergarten, they decided to become “big buddies” to them. Every month they will visit their preschool buddies and do some type of activity, either read a book, do puzzles, play games. In June, they will invite them to visit Reiche and their classroom where they will give them a book and write something inside wishing them good luck for Kindergarten.

Deering HIgh School

Grant Award: $500

Endangered Species Art Book

Art students are raising awareness about endangered species by creating kid friendly alphabet books about endangered animals.  They will share these books with local elementary school students and the Audubon Society.

Casco Bay High School

Grant Award: $270

Climate Change

As part of her Senior Expedition, a CBHS student is holding a drop in workshop at the Portland Museum of Art about climate change. She will be raising awareness about the rising sea levels and the effect on Maine.

Lyseth Elementary School

Grant Award-$500

Art Cart

Aware that they would not receive art again until 8th grade, Lyseth  5th grade students are creating a mobil art cart to be used during indoor recess and free choice time.  They will have an art show at the end of the year.

Portland High School/PATHS

Grant Award: $360

Self-Defense Class

All Portland Public High School students must now take the METRO bus.

In response to feeling unsafe while coming to school, two PHS students, in collaboration with the Portland Police Dept,. are organizing a self-defense class for females students.

Deering High School

Grant Award: $493

Bee Awareness Garden Project

After learning about the serious consequences associated with the disappearance of bees, students decided to raise awareness about this issue.

They will create a school garden which includes plans that attracts pollinators, specifically bees. They will use the garden to educate others about the importance of bees.

2014-2015

Book Mark Project at Deering High

As part of Deering High School’s global competence initiative, students created original bookmarks as part of a Bezos Family Foundation / Save the Children’s Literacy Boost initiative. The $490.70 grant ultimately raised $3,252 to help improve literacy in Peru, Nepal and Mali.

Mobile Library at Deering High

A former Functional Academy student is creating a mobile classroom library for the Functional Academy and Functional Life Skills program at Deering High School with this $500 award. The traveling library will have audio books, books for I-pads, magazines and graphic novels.

“All One School” Mural Project at Deering High

Students identified a lack of school spirit as an issue at Deering High and desire for more respect and friendships across classes. They also felt the plain walls of the school did not contribute to school spirit. With the help of this $415 grant, students painted a school mural with the words ALL ONE SCHOOL to remind students of the motto of the school and to brighten up the school corridor.

Clothes Closet at Portland High

Student volunteers who manage the Portland High Clothes Closet reached out to local merchants to expand their stock of school appropriate clothing available for needy students, including underwear and socks. The $500 grant provided the necessary funds to purchase these items.

Front Street Playground Renovation

Two Lyman Moore students partnered with their school, local agencies and businesses to organize a work day to clean up and repair the playground at the Front Street Study Center. They purchased new swings and are considering adding some basketball equipment as part of making this community area more inviting and safe.

Art Gallery at Deering High

With a $500 award, two students are transforming an unused space between the school’s two art classrooms into a school art gallery that will showcase student art on the 4th floor of Deering High. The hope is that the space will become a fun and relaxing place for students and faculty to appreciate art.

Human Trafficking Outreach Project

After spending a semester researching the realities of human trafficking, drama students at Deering High under the direction of Kathleen Harris wrote and performed a montage of speeches and poems which show the many layers of criminal sexual exploitation and abduction and forced labor of children, teens and adults. The production was presented to help educate the school community and praised as “riveting” on the Biddeford-based Saint Andre’s Home website. Saint Andre’s Home, a non-profit organization, has created a new residential treatment program called Hope Rising to help victims of human trafficking in their recovery. Deering drama students contributed a portion of their $500 grant for the purchase of bedding for the Hope Rising residence.

Supporting Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking Victims

Deering High School drama students received a second $500 grant to improve the lives of teen survivors of sexual assault. Working with the Sexual Assault Response Services or SARS program in Portland and Hannaford Supermarkets, students have provided recovering young people with gift cards to local grocery stores.

Keeping Active: An Obstacle Course at Presumpscot Elementary

A fifth grader from Presumpscot Elementary School wanted to promote healthy alternative activities for students at recess. He is helping to create an outdoor obstacle course for the school with this $500 award.

Coffee Shop To Benefit Bayside Learning Community

Students identified a lack of funding for computers, field trips and other school expenses and envisioned a fundraising enterprise to help underwrite these K-grade 12 needs.  With their $485.83 PFP grant, they purchased a coffee maker and created an on-going business to sell snacks and beverages to the Central Office staff, which shares space at 28 Portland Street.

Ramily Market at Deering High School

Deering High students enrolled in the Jobs for Maine Graduates program are creating a new space for the “Ramily Market” which provides clothes and some food for needy Deering students. The market, named for the school mascot, the Rams, is being moved from its present  classroom space and the new space is being renovated by the JMG students with the help of this $403.97 award.

“SHINE” School Sign at Lyseth Elementary

Students at Lyseth Elementary School who wanted to increase school spirit and inspire students to do their best won a $400 award. The students are creating a sign made out of CD’s to be placed at the front entrance  of the school building. The sign says “SHINE” to inspire students to shine!

Peer Mentoring / Teambuilding at Lincoln Middle

Eighth grade students at Lincoln Middle School will mentor new 6th graders as part of a new year-long initiative. With PFP’s support of $500, the school is partnering with RippleEffect to provide an initial team-building experience in the fall for student mentors and mentees that will kick-off long-term mentoring relationships.

Indoor Greenhouse Garden Project at Deering High

Students at Deering High are creating a greenhouse in their indoor biology classroom in order to grow fresh food for school lunches. This $250 grant is the beginning of a multi-year project.

2013 – 2014

Deering High School

Grant Award: $500

Mindfulness and Meditation Training

Members of the Natural Helpers program at Deering High School received a $500 grant for Mindfulness and Meditation Training. After attending the training, the Natural Helpers will offer classes in mindfulness and meditation to other students as a way to cope with stress.

King Middle School

Grant Award: $500

Fruit Trees

While participating in a learning expedition “IT”S FOR THE BIRDS’. students at King Middle School identified that birds are losing their habitat. With the $500 they receive from PFP, they are going to plant fruit trees throughout Portland to help increase the bird habitat.

Reiche Elementary School

Grant Award: $495

Big Buddies

When third grade students at Reiche Elementary School learned that preschoolers at a nearby school were nervous about coming to Kindergarten, they decided to become “big buddies” to them. Every month they will visit their preschool buddies and do some type of activity, either read a book, do puzzles, play games. In June, they will invite them to visit Reiche and their classroom where they will give them a book and write something inside wishing them good luck for Kindergarten.

Deering HIgh School

Grant Award-$500

Endangered Species Art Book

Art students are raising awareness about endangered species by creating kid friendly alphabet books about endangered animals.  They will share these books with local elementary school students and the Audubon Society.

Casco Bay High School

Grant Award-$270

Climate Change

As part of her Senior Expedition, a CBHS student is holding a drop in workshop at the Portland Museum of Art about climate change. She will be raising awareness about the rising sea levels and the effect on Maine.

Lyseth Elementary School

Grant Award-$500

Art Cart

Aware that they would not receive art again until 8th grade, Lyseth  5th grade students are creating a mobil art cart to be used during indoor recess and free choice time.  They will have an art show at the end of the year.

 

Portland High School/PATHS

Grant Award-$360

Self Defense Class

All Portland Public High School students must now take the METRO bus.

In response to feeling unsafe while coming to school, two PHS students, in collaboration with the Portland Police Dept,. are organizing a self-defense class for females students.

 

Deering High School

Grant Award-$493

Bee Awareness Garden Project

After learning about the serious consequences associated with the disappearance of bees, students decided to raise awareness about this issue.

They will create a school garden which includes plans that attracts

pollinators, specifically bees. They will use the garden to educate others about the importance of bees.

 

2014-2015 Painting for a Purpose Grants

Book Mark Project at Deering High
As part of Deering High School’s global competence initiative, students created original bookmarks as part of a Bezos Family Foundation / Save the Children’s Literacy Boost initiative. The $490.70 grant ultimately raised $3,252 to help improve literacy in Peru, Nepal and Mali.

Mobile Library at Deering High
A former Functional Academy student is creating a mobile classroom library for the Functional Academy and Functional Life Skills program at Deering High School with this $500 award. The traveling library will have audio books, books for I-pads, magazines and graphic novels.

“All One School” Mural Project at Deering High
Students identified a lack of school spirit as an issue at Deering High and desire for more respect and friendships across classes. They also felt the plain walls of the school did not contribute to school spirit. With the help of this $415 grant, students painted a school mural with the words ALL ONE SCHOOL to remind students of the motto of the school and to brighten up the school corridor.

Clothes Closet at Portland High
Student volunteers who manage the Portland High Clothes Closet reached out to local merchants to expand their stock of school appropriate clothing available for needy students, including underwear and socks. The $500 grant provided the necessary funds to purchase these items.

Front Street Playground Renovation
Two Lyman Moore students partnered with their school, local agencies and businesses to organize a work day to clean up and repair the playground at the Front Street Study Center. They purchased new swings and are considering adding some basketball equipment as part of making this community area more inviting and safe.

Art Gallery at Deering High
With a $500 award, two students are transforming an unused space between the school’s two art classrooms into a school art gallery that will showcase student art on the 4th floor of Deering High. The hope is that the space will become a fun and relaxing place for students and faculty to appreciate art.

Human Trafficking Outreach Project
After spending a semester researching the realities of human trafficking, drama students at Deering High under the direction of Kathleen Harris wrote and performed a montage of speeches and poems which show the many layers of criminal sexual exploitation and abduction and forced labor of children, teens and adults. The production was presented to help educate the school community and praised as “riveting” on the Biddeford-based Saint Andre’s Home website. Saint Andre’s Home, a non-profit organization, has created a new residential treatment program called Hope Rising to help victims of human trafficking in their recovery. Deering drama students contributed a portion of their $500 grant for the purchase of bedding for the Hope Rising residence.

Supporting Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking Victims
Deering High School drama students received a second $500 grant to improve the lives of teen survivors of sexual assault. Working with the Sexual Assault Response Services or SARS program in Portland and Hannaford Supermarkets, students have provided recovering young people with gift cards to local grocery stores.

Keeping Active: An Obstacle Course at Presumpscot
Elementary
A fifth grader from Presumpscot Elementary School wanted to promote healthy alternative activities for students at recess. He is helping to create an outdoor obstacle course for the school with this $500 award.

Coffee Shop To Benefit Bayside Learning Community
Students identified a lack of funding for computers, field trips and other school expenses and envisioned a fundraising enterprise to help underwrite these K-grade 12 needs.  With their $485.83 PFP grant, they purchased a coffee maker and created an on-going business to sell snacks and beverages to the Central Office staff, which shares space at 28 Portland Street.

Ramily Market at Deering High School
Deering High students enrolled in the Jobs for Maine Graduates program are creating a new space for the “Ramily Market” which provides clothes and some food for needy Deering students. The market, named for the school mascot, the Rams, is being moved from its present  classroom space and the new space is being renovated by the JMG students with the help of this $403.97 award.

“SHINE” School Sign at Lyseth Elementary
Students at Lyseth Elementary School who wanted to increase school spirit and inspire students to do their best won a $400 award. The students are creating a sign made out of CD’s to be placed at the front entrance  of the school building. The sign says “SHINE” to inspire students to shine!

Peer Mentoring / Teambuilding at Lincoln Middle
Eighth grade students at Lincoln Middle School will mentor new 6th graders as part of a new year-long initiative. With PFP’s support of $500, the school is partnering with RippleEffect to provide an initial team-building experience in the fall for student mentors and mentees that will kick-off long-term mentoring relationships.

Indoor Greenhouse Garden Project at Deering High
Students at Deering High are creating a greenhouse in their indoor biology classroom in order to grow fresh food for school lunches.
This $250 grant is the beginning of a multi year project.

2013 – 2014 Grants

Nutrition – Farm to Table-PATHS-Early Learning Center
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:
A student in the Early Learning center at PATHS was concerned about the nutritional choices of her Pre K students. She felt that understanding where food comes would help lay the groundwork for healthy decision making for these children. As part of a 4 week nutrition unit, students will go to Wolfe’s Neck Farm to participate in a “farm to table” project. Many of the students and their families have never seen a farm. Back at school, students will help grow a small garden. The students and their families will be introduced to farmer’s markets. Students will be learning about the differences between “junk” food and “real” food through this project.

Community Building Mural – Deering High School

Grant Award-$500
Project Description:
Deering recently adopted the ISSN program, which involves a global perspective to studies. In order to help students’ transition and adapt to understand the new layout, the Art Club will place a mural on the wall. The focus of the mural will be the countries and cultures that are represented at Deering. Students walking by typically see a blank wall with peeling paint, giving the atmosphere of a broken, uncreative school. By bringing life and art onto a place seen as dull, school spirit will be lifted, students will learn more about other cultures and everyone could become closer to each other through the process.

Lockerbie Diaper Project – Deering High School
Grant Award-$305
Project Description:
Students in the Deering High Drama club are putting on a performance about the women of Lockerbie who washed all the clothes of the victims of Lockerbie Scotland airplane crash and then returned them to the victims’ families. Students in the club decided to collect and wash T shirts and send them to the Sisters of Charity in Iowa who will turn them into diapers. These diapers will then be distributed to orphanages and needy families in Texas, Madagascar, Haiti and Ghana.

Noise Pollution Prevention – Lyman Moore Middle School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:
7th grade students were studying pollution. They identified noise pollution as an issue coming from the cafeteria. Their classrooms are located near the lunchroom. There is excessive noise coming from the scraping of chairs on the floor and it interferes with learning. Students proposed buying tennis balls in school colors to stop the noise as well as protect the cafeteria floor.

Masking Tape Graffiti – Portland High School
Grant Award-$500
Students at PHS are raising awareness about the cruel treatment of aquatic life through masking tape graffiti. For the first Friday Art Walk, they will be creating a life size replica of an orca whale in the school’s “Freshman Alley” which is about the size of a tank tin which captive whales are contained. Their hope is to illustrate the physically crippling conditions that whales are subject to in captivity. They will also create other displays of marine life through out the city for the art walk. Materials at each site will be available about how to take next steps to protect this marine life.

Hunger Awareness -Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:
Students in the Generation On Service Learning Club are continuing their efforts to raise awareness about Hunger. They are partnering with Maine legislator, Justin Alfond who will be joining them at the May First Friday Art Walk. Their project is a “paper plate” campaign. Paper plate campaigns are part of a national effort to raise awareness about hunger in America. Art walk participants are asked to write their feelings about hunger on a plate. They will then by photographed in a photo booth with their plates. Their pictures will then be used in an exhibit at a local gallery or museum. The students and Mr. Alfond will be sharing information about hunger at the art walk as part of the awareness campaign.

Winter 2013

Green Team Returnable Bins – King Middle School
Grant Award; $417.54
Project Description:
Students of the “GreenTeam” were awarded $417.54 to purchase corrugated plastic bins to collect returnable bottles at King. They want to cut down on the amount of waste at their school. They will paint the bins and place them in the hallways of their school.

Sudan School Supplies and PSA – Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $496.99
Project Description:
Students at Lincoln Middle School were awarded $496.99 towards the purchase of books for a new school in South Sudan and for the creation of a Public Service announcement to introduce a larger audience to the needs of the school. Lincoln students learned about the school and its needs from a language facilitator who helped start the school. This is the first time students in this area of Sudan have had an opportunity to attend school.

Senior Center Visit and PSA – Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description:
6th grades students were awarded $500.00 for their project dealing with social isolation in a nursing home.  In a response to a request by the Park Danforth Senior Center, a group of 6th grade students are going to the senior center to help, interact with, put on performances and do games with the seniors in Park Danforth. The goal is to help address the need of isolation that seniors feel. The students will educate other schools about student volunteering by creating a PSA that they will share with the schools ,TV3 and other community groups.

Green Screen – Lyman Moore Middle School
Grant Award: $359.00
Project Description:
Students of the Lyman Moore News Media team were awarded $359.00 for the purchase of a green screen.  They want to be able to expand their news coverage and to promote community events in a more professional way.

FALL  2012

Sewing Machine and Juice Pouches – Reiche School
Grant Award: $500
Project Description:
4th grade students received $500 to purchase used sewing machines and supplies for the sewing club.  The club collects, recycles and cleans juice pouches at the school. The pouches are then sewn into useful items such as tote bags, which are sold at a local store. The money raised is used to fund school field trips.

Composting and Gardening – Deering High School
Grant Award: $500
Project Description
Deering High School students received $500 for a composting and garden project at Deering High School.  The goal of the project is to reduce waste at the school by composting, teach students how to garden using compost and to cook healthy meals using produce from the garden.

New Art Space -Portland High School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description:
A PHS art student  identified a lack of space for art students to display their art at Portland High School.  The number of students taking art classes has increased and there is not enough space to display their diverse art. She received $500 to purchase homosote panels to be installed on the upper walls of PHS. The first art to be exhibited in the new space will be scenes of Portland High created by students.

Welcome to Middle School -Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description:
Students in the Photography club recognized that 5th grade students are often nervous about coming to middle school. The students are going to survey the 5th graders, find out what they are nervous about and take pictures to excite them about coming to middle school.  The pictures will then be put into a book and sent to each elementary school. The pictures will be of happy students, classroom activities and fun events.  Their hope is to excite and welcome the new students.

Youth Service Learning Grants 2011 – 2012
Painting for a Purpose

2011-2012

Stone and Wood Path-Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $484
Project Description:

Students from the SustainaCultureclub received a $484 grant to put in a stone and wood path to the school garden. The path will be constructed to allow easier access to the garden, protect the plants from being stepped on and prevent soil damage and compression due to heavy usage by students and teachers.

Service Learning Student Summit-Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $500
Project Description:

Students from Rob Lindsay’s class received a $500 grant to help with expenses of hosting a New England Service Learning Student Summit. The class was selected a year ago to host the conference for approximately 200 students involved in service learning. The students have been actively involved in planning the entire conference for a year. The money will be used to fund prizes for student led games and activities. It will also fund raffle prizes for a “craffle” food drive.

Reusable Lunch Bags-Longfellow Elementary School students
Grant Award: $500

Project Description:
5th grade students received a $500 grant to purchase reusable snack bags for kids at the school. Students want their school to become “greener” by creating less trash and waste through the use of reusable snack bags. Longfellow is beginning a whole new recycling plan within a few months and this would be a small part of the project.  The bags will be used to hold breakfast so kids can transport their breakfast from the lunchroom to the classroom thereby reducing unnecessary packaging and waste. 5th grade students will be responsible for getting the bags back to the cafeteria each day. Students will educate the school about the project and the need for it. They hope the project will change attitudes about recycling and reusing items and make people more environmentally aware.

Fairy Village – Longfellow School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:

Students at Longfellow School received a $500 grant for a Fairy Village as a separate part of the playground. A third grade student initiated this idea. Students were disturbed that when they built fairy houses outside of their school, they are often be destroyed by others. They felt that the building of fairy houses allowed them to connect with nature and let them be creative and imaginative. They felt that a separate area for Fairy Houses would let kids build fairy houses without them being destroyed. The grant will fund fencing, a sign, mushroom spores, and excavation of boulders. A newsletter will be sent home asking kids to bring in natural materials like sticks, twigs, bark and acorns to build with.  They will plant mushroom spores in hollow logs and study them as part of the new area and creating an even more natural setting.
This grant is part of a plan to “revitalize” the Longfellow playground.

Boulder Garden- Presumpscot School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:

Students at Presumpscot School received a $500 grant for a boulder garden at the school.  Students identified that the cafeteria is a very noisy and stressful place to eat lunch and often teachers take their classes to their own classrooms instead of staying in the lunchroom.  Students feel that by creating a nice place to sit outside, students and teachers will have a peaceful place to eat. They also identified that it is very congested when parents pick up their kids at school, and that this boulder garden could be a safe waiting spot.  This will help with the congestion around pick up time.  The boulder garden will also be used as an outdoor classroom and be a very welcoming space to the school.

School Mural – Lyman Moore Middle School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:

Students of the Invisible Children Club at Lyman Moore received a $500 grant for a mural project. The focus of the club is to help society, the community and others around them. Students want to brighten up their school and make the school more welcoming.   They feel their school looks uninviting, bland and somewhat depressing and this has a negative effect on people. Students will work with a professional mural artist. Together they would create a mural, painted by students, and guided by the professional artist. The mural will show some kind of symbol that represents the club and its values about connecting with kids and helping others. Creating a mural will help to improve the school environment and promote school pride.

Mosaic Project -Lyman Moore Middle School Students
Grant Award: $350.00
Project Description:

Students at Lyman Moore Middle School received a $350 grant to refurbish the flag pole base in front of the school. Students will be building a mosaic of little colored tiles. The mosaic will be made in the spring (after April vacation) when the weather is warmer for the adhesive and grout to set. A flag and a flagpole were recently donated to Lyman Moore School.
Students, teachers, and people who live in the area have said the flag pole base is plain and ugly.  It is a 4? x 4? block of concrete that is 1 foot above the ground.
The school had a Design Competition to create a design for the base of the flag pole.  The design  needed to represent the United States of America. The selected design is an outline of the State of Maine with red, white, and blue strips.  In the middle of the map is a falcon.  The falcon is the school’s mascot.  The design represents the USA, Maine, and the school.

Healthy Food – PATHS Landscape and Garden Students
Grant Award: $500
Project Description:

Students from the Landscape and Garden program at PATHS received a $500.00 grant to provide knowledge and examples of growing healthier food to the PATHS school community. Students will address the problem that people are eating more processed food, which is unhealthy and can cause weight gain and other health problems. By modeling how to grow healthier food and teaching about this, the students hope to educate others to eat healthier and demonstrate that you can grow fresh foods in an urban community.

PATHS Students will work with the Urban Farm Fermentory.
UFF’s mission is to connect communities and encourage creative sustainable living. Students will learn about growing their own food with the help of UFF. They will grow fresh greens and micro greens for the salad bar in their school.
They will also grow fresh herbs for the Culinary Arts Program. They will teach preschoolers in the early childhood program about where their food comes from and they will talk to other PATHS classes about growing their own food and healthy food choices.

Fashion Show – PATHS Fashion Marketing Students
Grant Award: $450
Project Description:

PATHS Fashion Marketing received a $450.00 grant to produce a section of the PATHS fashion show on March 29th as an introduction to the Partners for World Health (PFWH) fashion show on April 29th.  They will use blue wrap (sterilized medical material) and other discarded medical materials in their designs. They will then publicize their show and connect it to PFWH organization, their mission and the concept of medical waste. They will do this by using social media as well as print media.  They will also advertise the PFWH fashion show on April 29th for them at the PATHS show. 25% of the money collected for tickets to the show will be donated to PFWH.

Students will work with Angela Adams to design accessories or garments to be modeled at the PFWH fashion show. Students will make small items and accessories for the PFWH boutique, which will be displayed and sold the night of the fashion PFWH fashion show, April 29th.  Each student will also volunteer at the Partners for World Health for one-day packing medical supplies for shipping to third world countries at the Scarborough Warehouse.

2010-2011

Healthy Snacks —West School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description
Adult Ed students only have a 15 minute break and are thus limited to unhealthy vending machine snacks.  West students will provide a healthy snack for the Adult Ed Community once a week during the months of Jan, Feb and March.  The money generated by making and selling the snacks will benefit Korbit Sante Haite as well as providing a healthy snack alternative for the Adult Ed students.

Grow Lettuce for School Lunches—Lyseth School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description
Students in the 4th and 5th grade gardening club at Lyseth School will grow lettuce for healthy school lunches as part of the new school salad bar due to open in May 2011. They will build raised beds to grow the greens. They will offer lettuce seedlings for kids who want to try this at home. Students will plant and take care of the garden in conjunction with adult allies and parent volunteers

Sustainable Agriculture Grant-Casco Bay High School
Grant Award: $500
Project Description
Students will create a school garden as a tool for teaching and learning about sustainable agriculture at CBHS. Students will produce foods that will be served in the local salad bar.  The staff will use the garden as a teaching tool about the social, economic, and political role that food plays in everyday life. The goal is to have students understand through this process why food matters and how the students can have a positive impact on the earth.

Building a House with Habitat for Humanity –PATHS
Grant Award: $500
Project Description
Students will be working together to build a house for Habitat for Humanity. Habitat serves a low income population and the students will be contributing their skills to help a family build a home.

Sustainability and Permaculture Club-Lighting Project
Grant Award: $500
Project Description
The Sustainability/Permaculture Club at Lincoln Middle School will install occupancy sensors into four of the school bathrooms. The students will also lead an assembly at the school about the process of getting the sensors installed and the benefits of the sensors.

for Sept 2015-Jume 2016

Deering High School

Grant Award: $500

Mindfulness and Meditation Training

Members of the Natural Helpers program at Deering High School received a $500 grant for Mindfulness and Meditation Training. After attending the training, the Natural Helpers will offer classes in mindfulness and meditation to other students as a way to cope with stress.

King Middle School

Grant Award: $500

Fruit Trees

While participating in a learning expedition “IT”S FOR THE BIRDS’. students at King Middle School identified that birds are losing their habitat. With the $500 they receive from PFP, they are going to plant fruit trees throughout Portland to help increase the bird habitat.

Reiche Elementary School

Grant Award: $495

Big Buddies

When third grade students at Reiche Elementary School learned that preschoolers at a nearby school were nervous about coming to Kindergarten, they decided to become “big buddies” to them. Every month they will visit their preschool buddies and do some type of activity, either read a book, do puzzles, play games. In June, they will invite them to visit Reiche and their classroom where they will give them a book and write something inside wishing them good luck for Kindergarten.

Deering HIgh School

Grant Award-$500

Endangered Species Art Book

Art students are raising awareness about endangered species by creating kid friendly alphabet books about endangered animals.  They will share these books with local elementary school students and the Audubon Society.

Casco Bay High School

Grant Award-$270

Climate Change

As part of her Senior Expedition, a CBHS student is holding a drop in workshop at the Portland Museum of Art about climate change. She will be raising awareness about the rising sea levels and the effect on Maine.

Lyseth Elementary School

Grant Award-$500

Art Cart

Aware that they would not receive art again until 8th grade, Lyseth  5th grade students are creating a mobil art cart to be used during indoor recess and free choice time.  They will have an art show at the end of the year.

 

Portland High School/PATHS

Grant Award-$360

Self Defense Class

All Portland Public High School students must now take the METRO bus.

In response to feeling unsafe while coming to school, two PHS students, in collaboration with the Portland Police Dept,. are organizing a self-defense class for females students.

 

Deering High School

Grant Award-$493

Bee Awareness Garden Project

After learning about the serious consequences associated with the disappearance of bees, students decided to raise awareness about this issue.

They will create a school garden which includes plans that attracts

pollinators, specifically bees. They will use the garden to educate others about the importance of bees.

 

2014-2015 Painting for a Purpose Grants

Book Mark Project at Deering High
As part of Deering High School’s global competence initiative, students created original bookmarks as part of a Bezos Family Foundation / Save the Children’s Literacy Boost initiative. The $490.70 grant ultimately raised $3,252 to help improve literacy in Peru, Nepal and Mali.

Mobile Library at Deering High
A former Functional Academy student is creating a mobile classroom library for the Functional Academy and Functional Life Skills program at Deering High School with this $500 award. The traveling library will have audio books, books for I-pads, magazines and graphic novels.

“All One School” Mural Project at Deering High
Students identified a lack of school spirit as an issue at Deering High and desire for more respect and friendships across classes. They also felt the plain walls of the school did not contribute to school spirit. With the help of this $415 grant, students painted a school mural with the words ALL ONE SCHOOL to remind students of the motto of the school and to brighten up the school corridor.

Clothes Closet at Portland High
Student volunteers who manage the Portland High Clothes Closet reached out to local merchants to expand their stock of school appropriate clothing available for needy students, including underwear and socks. The $500 grant provided the necessary funds to purchase these items.

Front Street Playground Renovation
Two Lyman Moore students partnered with their school, local agencies and businesses to organize a work day to clean up and repair the playground at the Front Street Study Center. They purchased new swings and are considering adding some basketball equipment as part of making this community area more inviting and safe.

Art Gallery at Deering High
With a $500 award, two students are transforming an unused space between the school’s two art classrooms into a school art gallery that will showcase student art on the 4th floor of Deering High. The hope is that the space will become a fun and relaxing place for students and faculty to appreciate art.

Human Trafficking Outreach Project
After spending a semester researching the realities of human trafficking, drama students at Deering High under the direction of Kathleen Harris wrote and performed a montage of speeches and poems which show the many layers of criminal sexual exploitation and abduction and forced labor of children, teens and adults. The production was presented to help educate the school community and praised as “riveting” on the Biddeford-based Saint Andre’s Home website. Saint Andre’s Home, a non-profit organization, has created a new residential treatment program called Hope Rising to help victims of human trafficking in their recovery. Deering drama students contributed a portion of their $500 grant for the purchase of bedding for the Hope Rising residence.

Supporting Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking Victims
Deering High School drama students received a second $500 grant to improve the lives of teen survivors of sexual assault. Working with the Sexual Assault Response Services or SARS program in Portland and Hannaford Supermarkets, students have provided recovering young people with gift cards to local grocery stores.

Keeping Active: An Obstacle Course at Presumpscot
Elementary
A fifth grader from Presumpscot Elementary School wanted to promote healthy alternative activities for students at recess. He is helping to create an outdoor obstacle course for the school with this $500 award.

Coffee Shop To Benefit Bayside Learning Community
Students identified a lack of funding for computers, field trips and other school expenses and envisioned a fundraising enterprise to help underwrite these K-grade 12 needs.  With their $485.83 PFP grant, they purchased a coffee maker and created an on-going business to sell snacks and beverages to the Central Office staff, which shares space at 28 Portland Street.

Ramily Market at Deering High School
Deering High students enrolled in the Jobs for Maine Graduates program are creating a new space for the “Ramily Market” which provides clothes and some food for needy Deering students. The market, named for the school mascot, the Rams, is being moved from its present  classroom space and the new space is being renovated by the JMG students with the help of this $403.97 award.

“SHINE” School Sign at Lyseth Elementary
Students at Lyseth Elementary School who wanted to increase school spirit and inspire students to do their best won a $400 award. The students are creating a sign made out of CD’s to be placed at the front entrance  of the school building. The sign says “SHINE” to inspire students to shine!

Peer Mentoring / Teambuilding at Lincoln Middle
Eighth grade students at Lincoln Middle School will mentor new 6th graders as part of a new year-long initiative. With PFP’s support of $500, the school is partnering with RippleEffect to provide an initial team-building experience in the fall for student mentors and mentees that will kick-off long-term mentoring relationships.

Indoor Greenhouse Garden Project at Deering High
Students at Deering High are creating a greenhouse in their indoor biology classroom in order to grow fresh food for school lunches.
This $250 grant is the beginning of a multi year project.

2013 – 2014 Grants

Nutrition – Farm to Table-PATHS-Early Learning Center
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:
A student in the Early Learning center at PATHS was concerned about the nutritional choices of her Pre K students. She felt that understanding where food comes would help lay the groundwork for healthy decision making for these children. As part of a 4 week nutrition unit, students will go to Wolfe’s Neck Farm to participate in a “farm to table” project. Many of the students and their families have never seen a farm. Back at school, students will help grow a small garden. The students and their families will be introduced to farmer’s markets. Students will be learning about the differences between “junk” food and “real” food through this project.

Community Building Mural – Deering High School

Grant Award-$500
Project Description:
Deering recently adopted the ISSN program, which involves a global perspective to studies. In order to help students’ transition and adapt to understand the new layout, the Art Club will place a mural on the wall. The focus of the mural will be the countries and cultures that are represented at Deering. Students walking by typically see a blank wall with peeling paint, giving the atmosphere of a broken, uncreative school. By bringing life and art onto a place seen as dull, school spirit will be lifted, students will learn more about other cultures and everyone could become closer to each other through the process.

Lockerbie Diaper Project – Deering High School
Grant Award-$305
Project Description:
Students in the Deering High Drama club are putting on a performance about the women of Lockerbie who washed all the clothes of the victims of Lockerbie Scotland airplane crash and then returned them to the victims’ families. Students in the club decided to collect and wash T shirts and send them to the Sisters of Charity in Iowa who will turn them into diapers. These diapers will then be distributed to orphanages and needy families in Texas, Madagascar, Haiti and Ghana.

Noise Pollution Prevention – Lyman Moore Middle School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:
7th grade students were studying pollution. They identified noise pollution as an issue coming from the cafeteria. Their classrooms are located near the lunchroom. There is excessive noise coming from the scraping of chairs on the floor and it interferes with learning. Students proposed buying tennis balls in school colors to stop the noise as well as protect the cafeteria floor.

Masking Tape Graffiti – Portland High School
Grant Award-$500
Students at PHS are raising awareness about the cruel treatment of aquatic life through masking tape graffiti. For the first Friday Art Walk, they will be creating a life size replica of an orca whale in the school’s “Freshman Alley” which is about the size of a tank tin which captive whales are contained. Their hope is to illustrate the physically crippling conditions that whales are subject to in captivity. They will also create other displays of marine life through out the city for the art walk. Materials at each site will be available about how to take next steps to protect this marine life.

Hunger Awareness -Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:
Students in the Generation On Service Learning Club are continuing their efforts to raise awareness about Hunger. They are partnering with Maine legislator, Justin Alfond who will be joining them at the May First Friday Art Walk. Their project is a “paper plate” campaign. Paper plate campaigns are part of a national effort to raise awareness about hunger in America. Art walk participants are asked to write their feelings about hunger on a plate. They will then by photographed in a photo booth with their plates. Their pictures will then be used in an exhibit at a local gallery or museum. The students and Mr. Alfond will be sharing information about hunger at the art walk as part of the awareness campaign.

Winter 2013

Green Team Returnable Bins – King Middle School
Grant Award; $417.54
Project Description:
Students of the “GreenTeam” were awarded $417.54 to purchase corrugated plastic bins to collect returnable bottles at King. They want to cut down on the amount of waste at their school. They will paint the bins and place them in the hallways of their school.

Sudan School Supplies and PSA – Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $496.99
Project Description:
Students at Lincoln Middle School were awarded $496.99 towards the purchase of books for a new school in South Sudan and for the creation of a Public Service announcement to introduce a larger audience to the needs of the school. Lincoln students learned about the school and its needs from a language facilitator who helped start the school. This is the first time students in this area of Sudan have had an opportunity to attend school.

Senior Center Visit and PSA – Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description:
6th grades students were awarded $500.00 for their project dealing with social isolation in a nursing home.  In a response to a request by the Park Danforth Senior Center, a group of 6th grade students are going to the senior center to help, interact with, put on performances and do games with the seniors in Park Danforth. The goal is to help address the need of isolation that seniors feel. The students will educate other schools about student volunteering by creating a PSA that they will share with the schools ,TV3 and other community groups.

Green Screen – Lyman Moore Middle School
Grant Award: $359.00
Project Description:
Students of the Lyman Moore News Media team were awarded $359.00 for the purchase of a green screen.  They want to be able to expand their news coverage and to promote community events in a more professional way.

FALL  2012

Sewing Machine and Juice Pouches – Reiche School
Grant Award: $500
Project Description:
4th grade students received $500 to purchase used sewing machines and supplies for the sewing club.  The club collects, recycles and cleans juice pouches at the school. The pouches are then sewn into useful items such as tote bags, which are sold at a local store. The money raised is used to fund school field trips.

Composting and Gardening – Deering High School
Grant Award: $500
Project Description
Deering High School students received $500 for a composting and garden project at Deering High School.  The goal of the project is to reduce waste at the school by composting, teach students how to garden using compost and to cook healthy meals using produce from the garden.

New Art Space -Portland High School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description:
A PHS art student  identified a lack of space for art students to display their art at Portland High School.  The number of students taking art classes has increased and there is not enough space to display their diverse art. She received $500 to purchase homosote panels to be installed on the upper walls of PHS. The first art to be exhibited in the new space will be scenes of Portland High created by students.

Welcome to Middle School -Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description:
Students in the Photography club recognized that 5th grade students are often nervous about coming to middle school. The students are going to survey the 5th graders, find out what they are nervous about and take pictures to excite them about coming to middle school.  The pictures will then be put into a book and sent to each elementary school. The pictures will be of happy students, classroom activities and fun events.  Their hope is to excite and welcome the new students.

Youth Service Learning Grants 2011 – 2012
Painting for a Purpose

2011-2012

Stone and Wood Path-Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $484
Project Description:

Students from the SustainaCultureclub received a $484 grant to put in a stone and wood path to the school garden. The path will be constructed to allow easier access to the garden, protect the plants from being stepped on and prevent soil damage and compression due to heavy usage by students and teachers.

Service Learning Student Summit-Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $500
Project Description:

Students from Rob Lindsay’s class received a $500 grant to help with expenses of hosting a New England Service Learning Student Summit. The class was selected a year ago to host the conference for approximately 200 students involved in service learning. The students have been actively involved in planning the entire conference for a year. The money will be used to fund prizes for student led games and activities. It will also fund raffle prizes for a “craffle” food drive.

Reusable Lunch Bags-Longfellow Elementary School students
Grant Award: $500

Project Description:
5th grade students received a $500 grant to purchase reusable snack bags for kids at the school. Students want their school to become “greener” by creating less trash and waste through the use of reusable snack bags. Longfellow is beginning a whole new recycling plan within a few months and this would be a small part of the project.  The bags will be used to hold breakfast so kids can transport their breakfast from the lunchroom to the classroom thereby reducing unnecessary packaging and waste. 5th grade students will be responsible for getting the bags back to the cafeteria each day. Students will educate the school about the project and the need for it. They hope the project will change attitudes about recycling and reusing items and make people more environmentally aware.

Fairy Village – Longfellow School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:

Students at Longfellow School received a $500 grant for a Fairy Village as a separate part of the playground. A third grade student initiated this idea. Students were disturbed that when they built fairy houses outside of their school, they are often be destroyed by others. They felt that the building of fairy houses allowed them to connect with nature and let them be creative and imaginative. They felt that a separate area for Fairy Houses would let kids build fairy houses without them being destroyed. The grant will fund fencing, a sign, mushroom spores, and excavation of boulders. A newsletter will be sent home asking kids to bring in natural materials like sticks, twigs, bark and acorns to build with.  They will plant mushroom spores in hollow logs and study them as part of the new area and creating an even more natural setting.
This grant is part of a plan to “revitalize” the Longfellow playground.

Boulder Garden- Presumpscot School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:

Students at Presumpscot School received a $500 grant for a boulder garden at the school.  Students identified that the cafeteria is a very noisy and stressful place to eat lunch and often teachers take their classes to their own classrooms instead of staying in the lunchroom.  Students feel that by creating a nice place to sit outside, students and teachers will have a peaceful place to eat. They also identified that it is very congested when parents pick up their kids at school, and that this boulder garden could be a safe waiting spot.  This will help with the congestion around pick up time.  The boulder garden will also be used as an outdoor classroom and be a very welcoming space to the school.

School Mural – Lyman Moore Middle School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:

Students of the Invisible Children Club at Lyman Moore received a $500 grant for a mural project. The focus of the club is to help society, the community and others around them. Students want to brighten up their school and make the school more welcoming.   They feel their school looks uninviting, bland and somewhat depressing and this has a negative effect on people. Students will work with a professional mural artist. Together they would create a mural, painted by students, and guided by the professional artist. The mural will show some kind of symbol that represents the club and its values about connecting with kids and helping others. Creating a mural will help to improve the school environment and promote school pride.

Mosaic Project -Lyman Moore Middle School Students
Grant Award: $350.00
Project Description:

Students at Lyman Moore Middle School received a $350 grant to refurbish the flag pole base in front of the school. Students will be building a mosaic of little colored tiles. The mosaic will be made in the spring (after April vacation) when the weather is warmer for the adhesive and grout to set. A flag and a flagpole were recently donated to Lyman Moore School.
Students, teachers, and people who live in the area have said the flag pole base is plain and ugly.  It is a 4? x 4? block of concrete that is 1 foot above the ground.
The school had a Design Competition to create a design for the base of the flag pole.  The design  needed to represent the United States of America. The selected design is an outline of the State of Maine with red, white, and blue strips.  In the middle of the map is a falcon.  The falcon is the school’s mascot.  The design represents the USA, Maine, and the school.

Healthy Food – PATHS Landscape and Garden Students
Grant Award: $500
Project Description:

Students from the Landscape and Garden program at PATHS received a $500.00 grant to provide knowledge and examples of growing healthier food to the PATHS school community. Students will address the problem that people are eating more processed food, which is unhealthy and can cause weight gain and other health problems. By modeling how to grow healthier food and teaching about this, the students hope to educate others to eat healthier and demonstrate that you can grow fresh foods in an urban community.

PATHS Students will work with the Urban Farm Fermentory.
UFF’s mission is to connect communities and encourage creative sustainable living. Students will learn about growing their own food with the help of UFF. They will grow fresh greens and micro greens for the salad bar in their school.
They will also grow fresh herbs for the Culinary Arts Program. They will teach preschoolers in the early childhood program about where their food comes from and they will talk to other PATHS classes about growing their own food and healthy food choices.

Fashion Show – PATHS Fashion Marketing Students
Grant Award: $450
Project Description:

PATHS Fashion Marketing received a $450.00 grant to produce a section of the PATHS fashion show on March 29th as an introduction to the Partners for World Health (PFWH) fashion show on April 29th.  They will use blue wrap (sterilized medical material) and other discarded medical materials in their designs. They will then publicize their show and connect it to PFWH organization, their mission and the concept of medical waste. They will do this by using social media as well as print media.  They will also advertise the PFWH fashion show on April 29th for them at the PATHS show. 25% of the money collected for tickets to the show will be donated to PFWH.

Students will work with Angela Adams to design accessories or garments to be modeled at the PFWH fashion show. Students will make small items and accessories for the PFWH boutique, which will be displayed and sold the night of the fashion PFWH fashion show, April 29th.  Each student will also volunteer at the Partners for World Health for one-day packing medical supplies for shipping to third world countries at the Scarborough Warehouse.

2010-2011

Healthy Snacks —West School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description
Adult Ed students only have a 15 minute break and are thus limited to unhealthy vending machine snacks.  West students will provide a healthy snack for the Adult Ed Community once a week during the months of Jan, Feb and March.  The money generated by making and selling the snacks will benefit Korbit Sante Haite as well as providing a healthy snack alternative for the Adult Ed students.

Grow Lettuce for School Lunches—Lyseth School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description
Students in the 4th and 5th grade gardening club at Lyseth School will grow lettuce for healthy school lunches as part of the new school salad bar due to open in May 2011. They will build raised beds to grow the greens. They will offer lettuce seedlings for kids who want to try this at home. Students will plant and take care of the garden in conjunction with adult allies and parent volunteers

Sustainable Agriculture Grant-Casco Bay High School
Grant Award: $500
Project Description
Students will create a school garden as a tool for teaching and learning about sustainable agriculture at CBHS. Students will produce foods that will be served in the local salad bar.  The staff will use the garden as a teaching tool about the social, economic, and political role that food plays in everyday life. The goal is to have students understand through this process why food matters and how the students can have a positive impact on the earth.

Building a House with Habitat for Humanity –PATHS
Grant Award: $500
Project Description
Students will be working together to build a house for Habitat for Humanity. Habitat serves a low income population and the students will be contributing their skills to help a family build a home.

Sustainability and Permaculture Club-Lighting Project
Grant Award: $500
Project Description
The Sustainability/Permaculture Club at Lincoln Middle School will install occupancy sensors into four of the school bathrooms. The students will also lead an assembly at the school about the process of getting the sensors installed and the benefits of the sensors.

for Sept 2015-Jume 2016

Deering High School

Grant Award: $500

Mindfulness and Meditation Training

Members of the Natural Helpers program at Deering High School received a $500 grant for Mindfulness and Meditation Training. After attending the training, the Natural Helpers will offer classes in mindfulness and meditation to other students as a way to cope with stress.

King Middle School

Grant Award: $500

Fruit Trees

While participating in a learning expedition “IT”S FOR THE BIRDS’. students at King Middle School identified that birds are losing their habitat. With the $500 they receive from PFP, they are going to plant fruit trees throughout Portland to help increase the bird habitat.

Reiche Elementary School

Grant Award: $495

Big Buddies

When third grade students at Reiche Elementary School learned that preschoolers at a nearby school were nervous about coming to Kindergarten, they decided to become “big buddies” to them. Every month they will visit their preschool buddies and do some type of activity, either read a book, do puzzles, play games. In June, they will invite them to visit Reiche and their classroom where they will give them a book and write something inside wishing them good luck for Kindergarten.

Deering HIgh School

Grant Award-$500

Endangered Species Art Book

Art students are raising awareness about endangered species by creating kid friendly alphabet books about endangered animals.  They will share these books with local elementary school students and the Audubon Society.

Casco Bay High School

Grant Award-$270

Climate Change

As part of her Senior Expedition, a CBHS student is holding a drop in workshop at the Portland Museum of Art about climate change. She will be raising awareness about the rising sea levels and the effect on Maine.

Lyseth Elementary School

Grant Award-$500

Art Cart

Aware that they would not receive art again until 8th grade, Lyseth  5th grade students are creating a mobil art cart to be used during indoor recess and free choice time.  They will have an art show at the end of the year.

 

Portland High School/PATHS

Grant Award-$360

Self Defense Class

All Portland Public High School students must now take the METRO bus.

In response to feeling unsafe while coming to school, two PHS students, in collaboration with the Portland Police Dept,. are organizing a self-defense class for females students.

 

Deering High School

Grant Award-$493

Bee Awareness Garden Project

After learning about the serious consequences associated with the disappearance of bees, students decided to raise awareness about this issue.

They will create a school garden which includes plans that attracts

pollinators, specifically bees. They will use the garden to educate others about the importance of bees.

 

2014-2015 Painting for a Purpose Grants

Book Mark Project at Deering High
As part of Deering High School’s global competence initiative, students created original bookmarks as part of a Bezos Family Foundation / Save the Children’s Literacy Boost initiative. The $490.70 grant ultimately raised $3,252 to help improve literacy in Peru, Nepal and Mali.

Mobile Library at Deering High
A former Functional Academy student is creating a mobile classroom library for the Functional Academy and Functional Life Skills program at Deering High School with this $500 award. The traveling library will have audio books, books for I-pads, magazines and graphic novels.

“All One School” Mural Project at Deering High
Students identified a lack of school spirit as an issue at Deering High and desire for more respect and friendships across classes. They also felt the plain walls of the school did not contribute to school spirit. With the help of this $415 grant, students painted a school mural with the words ALL ONE SCHOOL to remind students of the motto of the school and to brighten up the school corridor.

Clothes Closet at Portland High
Student volunteers who manage the Portland High Clothes Closet reached out to local merchants to expand their stock of school appropriate clothing available for needy students, including underwear and socks. The $500 grant provided the necessary funds to purchase these items.

Front Street Playground Renovation
Two Lyman Moore students partnered with their school, local agencies and businesses to organize a work day to clean up and repair the playground at the Front Street Study Center. They purchased new swings and are considering adding some basketball equipment as part of making this community area more inviting and safe.

Art Gallery at Deering High
With a $500 award, two students are transforming an unused space between the school’s two art classrooms into a school art gallery that will showcase student art on the 4th floor of Deering High. The hope is that the space will become a fun and relaxing place for students and faculty to appreciate art.

Human Trafficking Outreach Project
After spending a semester researching the realities of human trafficking, drama students at Deering High under the direction of Kathleen Harris wrote and performed a montage of speeches and poems which show the many layers of criminal sexual exploitation and abduction and forced labor of children, teens and adults. The production was presented to help educate the school community and praised as “riveting” on the Biddeford-based Saint Andre’s Home website. Saint Andre’s Home, a non-profit organization, has created a new residential treatment program called Hope Rising to help victims of human trafficking in their recovery. Deering drama students contributed a portion of their $500 grant for the purchase of bedding for the Hope Rising residence.

Supporting Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking Victims
Deering High School drama students received a second $500 grant to improve the lives of teen survivors of sexual assault. Working with the Sexual Assault Response Services or SARS program in Portland and Hannaford Supermarkets, students have provided recovering young people with gift cards to local grocery stores.

Keeping Active: An Obstacle Course at Presumpscot
Elementary
A fifth grader from Presumpscot Elementary School wanted to promote healthy alternative activities for students at recess. He is helping to create an outdoor obstacle course for the school with this $500 award.

Coffee Shop To Benefit Bayside Learning Community
Students identified a lack of funding for computers, field trips and other school expenses and envisioned a fundraising enterprise to help underwrite these K-grade 12 needs.  With their $485.83 PFP grant, they purchased a coffee maker and created an on-going business to sell snacks and beverages to the Central Office staff, which shares space at 28 Portland Street.

Ramily Market at Deering High School
Deering High students enrolled in the Jobs for Maine Graduates program are creating a new space for the “Ramily Market” which provides clothes and some food for needy Deering students. The market, named for the school mascot, the Rams, is being moved from its present  classroom space and the new space is being renovated by the JMG students with the help of this $403.97 award.

“SHINE” School Sign at Lyseth Elementary
Students at Lyseth Elementary School who wanted to increase school spirit and inspire students to do their best won a $400 award. The students are creating a sign made out of CD’s to be placed at the front entrance  of the school building. The sign says “SHINE” to inspire students to shine!

Peer Mentoring / Teambuilding at Lincoln Middle
Eighth grade students at Lincoln Middle School will mentor new 6th graders as part of a new year-long initiative. With PFP’s support of $500, the school is partnering with RippleEffect to provide an initial team-building experience in the fall for student mentors and mentees that will kick-off long-term mentoring relationships.

Indoor Greenhouse Garden Project at Deering High
Students at Deering High are creating a greenhouse in their indoor biology classroom in order to grow fresh food for school lunches.
This $250 grant is the beginning of a multi year project.

2013 – 2014 Grants

Nutrition – Farm to Table-PATHS-Early Learning Center

Grant Award-$500

Project Description: A student in the Early Learning center at PATHS was concerned about the nutritional choices of her Pre K students. She felt that understanding where food comes would help lay the groundwork for healthy decision making for these children. As part of a 4 week nutrition unit, students will go to Wolfe’s Neck Farm to participate in a “farm to table” project. Many of the students and their families have never seen a farm. Back at school, students will help grow a small garden. The students and their families will be introduced to farmer’s markets. Students will be learning about the differences between “junk” food and “real” food through this project.

Community Building Mural – Deering High School

Grant Award-$500

Project Description: Deering recently adopted the ISSN program, which involves a global perspective to studies. In order to help students’ transition and adapt to understand the new layout, the Art Club will place a mural on the wall. The focus of the mural will be the countries and cultures that are represented at Deering. Students walking by typically see a blank wall with peeling paint, giving the atmosphere of a broken, uncreative school. By bringing life and art onto a place seen as dull, school spirit will be lifted, students will learn more about other cultures and everyone could become closer to each other through the process.

Lockerbie Diaper Project – Deering High School
Grant Award-$305
Project Description:
Students in the Deering High Drama club are putting on a performance about the women of Lockerbie who washed all the clothes of the victims of Lockerbie Scotland airplane crash and then returned them to the victims’ families. Students in the club decided to collect and wash T shirts and send them to the Sisters of Charity in Iowa who will turn them into diapers. These diapers will then be distributed to orphanages and needy families in Texas, Madagascar, Haiti and Ghana.

Noise Pollution Prevention – Lyman Moore Middle School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:
7th grade students were studying pollution. They identified noise pollution as an issue coming from the cafeteria. Their classrooms are located near the lunchroom. There is excessive noise coming from the scraping of chairs on the floor and it interferes with learning. Students proposed buying tennis balls in school colors to stop the noise as well as protect the cafeteria floor.

Masking Tape Graffiti – Portland High School
Grant Award-$500
Students at PHS are raising awareness about the cruel treatment of aquatic life through masking tape graffiti. For the first Friday Art Walk, they will be creating a life size replica of an orca whale in the school’s “Freshman Alley” which is about the size of a tank tin which captive whales are contained. Their hope is to illustrate the physically crippling conditions that whales are subject to in captivity. They will also create other displays of marine life through out the city for the art walk. Materials at each site will be available about how to take next steps to protect this marine life.

Hunger Awareness -Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:
Students in the Generation On Service Learning Club are continuing their efforts to raise awareness about Hunger. They are partnering with Maine legislator, Justin Alfond who will be joining them at the May First Friday Art Walk. Their project is a “paper plate” campaign. Paper plate campaigns are part of a national effort to raise awareness about hunger in America. Art walk participants are asked to write their feelings about hunger on a plate. They will then by photographed in a photo booth with their plates. Their pictures will then be used in an exhibit at a local gallery or museum. The students and Mr. Alfond will be sharing information about hunger at the art walk as part of the awareness campaign.

Winter 2013

Green Team Returnable Bins – King Middle School
Grant Award; $417.54
Project Description:
Students of the “GreenTeam” were awarded $417.54 to purchase corrugated plastic bins to collect returnable bottles at King. They want to cut down on the amount of waste at their school. They will paint the bins and place them in the hallways of their school.

Sudan School Supplies and PSA – Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $496.99
Project Description:
Students at Lincoln Middle School were awarded $496.99 towards the purchase of books for a new school in South Sudan and for the creation of a Public Service announcement to introduce a larger audience to the needs of the school. Lincoln students learned about the school and its needs from a language facilitator who helped start the school. This is the first time students in this area of Sudan have had an opportunity to attend school.

Senior Center Visit and PSA – Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description:
6th grades students were awarded $500.00 for their project dealing with social isolation in a nursing home.  In a response to a request by the Park Danforth Senior Center, a group of 6th grade students are going to the senior center to help, interact with, put on performances and do games with the seniors in Park Danforth. The goal is to help address the need of isolation that seniors feel. The students will educate other schools about student volunteering by creating a PSA that they will share with the schools ,TV3 and other community groups.

Green Screen – Lyman Moore Middle School
Grant Award: $359.00
Project Description:
Students of the Lyman Moore News Media team were awarded $359.00 for the purchase of a green screen.  They want to be able to expand their news coverage and to promote community events in a more professional way.

FALL  2012

Sewing Machine and Juice Pouches – Reiche School
Grant Award: $500
Project Description:
4th grade students received $500 to purchase used sewing machines and supplies for the sewing club.  The club collects, recycles and cleans juice pouches at the school. The pouches are then sewn into useful items such as tote bags, which are sold at a local store. The money raised is used to fund school field trips.

Composting and Gardening – Deering High School
Grant Award: $500
Project Description
Deering High School students received $500 for a composting and garden project at Deering High School.  The goal of the project is to reduce waste at the school by composting, teach students how to garden using compost and to cook healthy meals using produce from the garden.

New Art Space -Portland High School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description:
A PHS art student  identified a lack of space for art students to display their art at Portland High School.  The number of students taking art classes has increased and there is not enough space to display their diverse art. She received $500 to purchase homosote panels to be installed on the upper walls of PHS. The first art to be exhibited in the new space will be scenes of Portland High created by students.

Welcome to Middle School -Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description:
Students in the Photography club recognized that 5th grade students are often nervous about coming to middle school. The students are going to survey the 5th graders, find out what they are nervous about and take pictures to excite them about coming to middle school.  The pictures will then be put into a book and sent to each elementary school. The pictures will be of happy students, classroom activities and fun events.  Their hope is to excite and welcome the new students.

Youth Service Learning Grants 2011 – 2012
Painting for a Purpose

2011-2012

Stone and Wood Path-Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $484
Project Description:

Students from the SustainaCultureclub received a $484 grant to put in a stone and wood path to the school garden. The path will be constructed to allow easier access to the garden, protect the plants from being stepped on and prevent soil damage and compression due to heavy usage by students and teachers.

Service Learning Student Summit-Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $500
Project Description:

Students from Rob Lindsay’s class received a $500 grant to help with expenses of hosting a New England Service Learning Student Summit. The class was selected a year ago to host the conference for approximately 200 students involved in service learning. The students have been actively involved in planning the entire conference for a year. The money will be used to fund prizes for student led games and activities. It will also fund raffle prizes for a “craffle” food drive.

Reusable Lunch Bags-Longfellow Elementary School students
Grant Award: $500

Project Description:
5th grade students received a $500 grant to purchase reusable snack bags for kids at the school. Students want their school to become “greener” by creating less trash and waste through the use of reusable snack bags. Longfellow is beginning a whole new recycling plan within a few months and this would be a small part of the project.  The bags will be used to hold breakfast so kids can transport their breakfast from the lunchroom to the classroom thereby reducing unnecessary packaging and waste. 5th grade students will be responsible for getting the bags back to the cafeteria each day. Students will educate the school about the project and the need for it. They hope the project will change attitudes about recycling and reusing items and make people more environmentally aware.

Fairy Village – Longfellow School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:

Students at Longfellow School received a $500 grant for a Fairy Village as a separate part of the playground. A third grade student initiated this idea. Students were disturbed that when they built fairy houses outside of their school, they are often be destroyed by others. They felt that the building of fairy houses allowed them to connect with nature and let them be creative and imaginative. They felt that a separate area for Fairy Houses would let kids build fairy houses without them being destroyed. The grant will fund fencing, a sign, mushroom spores, and excavation of boulders. A newsletter will be sent home asking kids to bring in natural materials like sticks, twigs, bark and acorns to build with.  They will plant mushroom spores in hollow logs and study them as part of the new area and creating an even more natural setting.
This grant is part of a plan to “revitalize” the Longfellow playground.

Boulder Garden- Presumpscot School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:

Students at Presumpscot School received a $500 grant for a boulder garden at the school.  Students identified that the cafeteria is a very noisy and stressful place to eat lunch and often teachers take their classes to their own classrooms instead of staying in the lunchroom.  Students feel that by creating a nice place to sit outside, students and teachers will have a peaceful place to eat. They also identified that it is very congested when parents pick up their kids at school, and that this boulder garden could be a safe waiting spot.  This will help with the congestion around pick up time.  The boulder garden will also be used as an outdoor classroom and be a very welcoming space to the school.

School Mural – Lyman Moore Middle School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:

Students of the Invisible Children Club at Lyman Moore received a $500 grant for a mural project. The focus of the club is to help society, the community and others around them. Students want to brighten up their school and make the school more welcoming.   They feel their school looks uninviting, bland and somewhat depressing and this has a negative effect on people. Students will work with a professional mural artist. Together they would create a mural, painted by students, and guided by the professional artist. The mural will show some kind of symbol that represents the club and its values about connecting with kids and helping others. Creating a mural will help to improve the school environment and promote school pride.

Mosaic Project -Lyman Moore Middle School Students
Grant Award: $350.00
Project Description:

Students at Lyman Moore Middle School received a $350 grant to refurbish the flag pole base in front of the school. Students will be building a mosaic of little colored tiles. The mosaic will be made in the spring (after April vacation) when the weather is warmer for the adhesive and grout to set. A flag and a flagpole were recently donated to Lyman Moore School.
Students, teachers, and people who live in the area have said the flag pole base is plain and ugly.  It is a 4? x 4? block of concrete that is 1 foot above the ground.
The school had a Design Competition to create a design for the base of the flag pole.  The design  needed to represent the United States of America. The selected design is an outline of the State of Maine with red, white, and blue strips.  In the middle of the map is a falcon.  The falcon is the school’s mascot.  The design represents the USA, Maine, and the school.

Healthy Food – PATHS Landscape and Garden Students
Grant Award: $500
Project Description:

Students from the Landscape and Garden program at PATHS received a $500.00 grant to provide knowledge and examples of growing healthier food to the PATHS school community. Students will address the problem that people are eating more processed food, which is unhealthy and can cause weight gain and other health problems. By modeling how to grow healthier food and teaching about this, the students hope to educate others to eat healthier and demonstrate that you can grow fresh foods in an urban community.

PATHS Students will work with the Urban Farm Fermentory.
UFF’s mission is to connect communities and encourage creative sustainable living. Students will learn about growing their own food with the help of UFF. They will grow fresh greens and micro greens for the salad bar in their school.
They will also grow fresh herbs for the Culinary Arts Program. They will teach preschoolers in the early childhood program about where their food comes from and they will talk to other PATHS classes about growing their own food and healthy food choices.

Fashion Show – PATHS Fashion Marketing Students
Grant Award: $450
Project Description:

PATHS Fashion Marketing received a $450.00 grant to produce a section of the PATHS fashion show on March 29th as an introduction to the Partners for World Health (PFWH) fashion show on April 29th.  They will use blue wrap (sterilized medical material) and other discarded medical materials in their designs. They will then publicize their show and connect it to PFWH organization, their mission and the concept of medical waste. They will do this by using social media as well as print media.  They will also advertise the PFWH fashion show on April 29th for them at the PATHS show. 25% of the money collected for tickets to the show will be donated to PFWH.

Students will work with Angela Adams to design accessories or garments to be modeled at the PFWH fashion show. Students will make small items and accessories for the PFWH boutique, which will be displayed and sold the night of the fashion PFWH fashion show, April 29th.  Each student will also volunteer at the Partners for World Health for one-day packing medical supplies for shipping to third world countries at the Scarborough Warehouse.

2010-2011

Healthy Snacks —West School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description
Adult Ed students only have a 15 minute break and are thus limited to unhealthy vending machine snacks.  West students will provide a healthy snack for the Adult Ed Community once a week during the months of Jan, Feb and March.  The money generated by making and selling the snacks will benefit Korbit Sante Haite as well as providing a healthy snack alternative for the Adult Ed students.

Grow Lettuce for School Lunches—Lyseth School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description
Students in the 4th and 5th grade gardening club at Lyseth School will grow lettuce for healthy school lunches as part of the new school salad bar due to open in May 2011. They will build raised beds to grow the greens. They will offer lettuce seedlings for kids who want to try this at home. Students will plant and take care of the garden in conjunction with adult allies and parent volunteers

Sustainable Agriculture Grant-Casco Bay High School
Grant Award: $500
Project Description
Students will create a school garden as a tool for teaching and learning about sustainable agriculture at CBHS. Students will produce foods that will be served in the local salad bar.  The staff will use the garden as a teaching tool about the social, economic, and political role that food plays in everyday life. The goal is to have students understand through this process why food matters and how the students can have a positive impact on the earth.

Building a House with Habitat for Humanity –PATHS
Grant Award: $500
Project Description
Students will be working together to build a house for Habitat for Humanity. Habitat serves a low income population and the students will be contributing their skills to help a family build a home.

Sustainability and Permaculture Club-Lighting Project
Grant Award: $500
Project Description
The Sustainability/Permaculture Club at Lincoln Middle School will install occupancy sensors into four of the school bathrooms. The students will also lead an assembly at the school about the process of getting the sensors installed and the benefits of the sensors.

Grant Award-$500

Project Description: A student in the Early Learning center at PATHS was concerned about the nutritional choices of her Pre K students. She felt that understanding where food comes would help lay the groundwork for healthy decision making for these children. As part of a 4 week nutrition unit, students will go to Wolfe’s Neck Farm to participate in a “farm to table” project. Many of the students and their families have never seen a farm. Back at school, students will help grow a small garden. The students and their families will be introduced to farmer’s markets. Students will be learning about the differences between “junk” food and “real” food through this project.

Community Building Mural – Deering High School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:
Deering recently adopted the ISSN program, which involves a global perspective to studies. In order to help students’ transition and adapt to understand the new layout, the Art Club will place a mural on the wall. The focus of the mural will be the countries and cultures that are represented at Deering. Students walking by typically see a blank wall with peeling paint, giving the atmosphere of a broken, uncreative school. By bringing life and art onto a place seen as dull, school spirit will be lifted, students will learn more about other cultures and everyone could become closer to each other through the process.

Lockerbie Diaper Project – Deering High School
Grant Award-$305
Project Description:
Students in the Deering High Drama club are putting on a performance about the women of Lockerbie who washed all the clothes of the victims of Lockerbie Scotland airplane crash and then returned them to the victims’ families. Students in the club decided to collect and wash T shirts and send them to the Sisters of Charity in Iowa who will turn them into diapers. These diapers will then be distributed to orphanages and needy families in Texas, Madagascar, Haiti and Ghana.

Noise Pollution Prevention – Lyman Moore Middle School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:
7th grade students were studying pollution. They identified noise pollution as an issue coming from the cafeteria. Their classrooms are located near the lunchroom. There is excessive noise coming from the scraping of chairs on the floor and it interferes with learning. Students proposed buying tennis balls in school colors to stop the noise as well as protect the cafeteria floor.

Masking Tape Graffiti – Portland High School
Grant Award-$500
Students at PHS are raising awareness about the cruel treatment of aquatic life through masking tape graffiti. For the first Friday Art Walk, they will be creating a life size replica of an orca whale in the school’s “Freshman Alley” which is about the size of a tank tin which captive whales are contained. Their hope is to illustrate the physically crippling conditions that whales are subject to in captivity. They will also create other displays of marine life through out the city for the art walk. Materials at each site will be available about how to take next steps to protect this marine life.

Hunger Awareness -Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:
Students in the Generation On Service Learning Club are continuing their efforts to raise awareness about Hunger. They are partnering with Maine legislator, Justin Alfond who will be joining them at the May First Friday Art Walk. Their project is a “paper plate” campaign. Paper plate campaigns are part of a national effort to raise awareness about hunger in America. Art walk participants are asked to write their feelings about hunger on a plate. They will then by photographed in a photo booth with their plates. Their pictures will then be used in an exhibit at a local gallery or museum. The students and Mr. Alfond will be sharing information about hunger at the art walk as part of the awareness campaign.

Winter 2013

Green Team Returnable Bins – King Middle School
Grant Award; $417.54
Project Description:
Students of the “GreenTeam” were awarded $417.54 to purchase corrugated plastic bins to collect returnable bottles at King. They want to cut down on the amount of waste at their school. They will paint the bins and place them in the hallways of their school.

Sudan School Supplies and PSA – Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $496.99
Project Description:
Students at Lincoln Middle School were awarded $496.99 towards the purchase of books for a new school in South Sudan and for the creation of a Public Service announcement to introduce a larger audience to the needs of the school. Lincoln students learned about the school and its needs from a language facilitator who helped start the school. This is the first time students in this area of Sudan have had an opportunity to attend school.

Senior Center Visit and PSA – Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description:
6th grades students were awarded $500.00 for their project dealing with social isolation in a nursing home.  In a response to a request by the Park Danforth Senior Center, a group of 6th grade students are going to the senior center to help, interact with, put on performances and do games with the seniors in Park Danforth. The goal is to help address the need of isolation that seniors feel. The students will educate other schools about student volunteering by creating a PSA that they will share with the schools ,TV3 and other community groups.

Green Screen – Lyman Moore Middle School
Grant Award: $359.00
Project Description:
Students of the Lyman Moore News Media team were awarded $359.00 for the purchase of a green screen.  They want to be able to expand their news coverage and to promote community events in a more professional way.

FALL  2012

Sewing Machine and Juice Pouches – Reiche School
Grant Award: $500
Project Description:
4th grade students received $500 to purchase used sewing machines and supplies for the sewing club.  The club collects, recycles and cleans juice pouches at the school. The pouches are then sewn into useful items such as tote bags, which are sold at a local store. The money raised is used to fund school field trips.

Composting and Gardening – Deering High School
Grant Award: $500
Project Description
Deering High School students received $500 for a composting and garden project at Deering High School.  The goal of the project is to reduce waste at the school by composting, teach students how to garden using compost and to cook healthy meals using produce from the garden.

New Art Space -Portland High School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description:
A PHS art student  identified a lack of space for art students to display their art at Portland High School.  The number of students taking art classes has increased and there is not enough space to display their diverse art. She received $500 to purchase homosote panels to be installed on the upper walls of PHS. The first art to be exhibited in the new space will be scenes of Portland High created by students.

Welcome to Middle School -Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description:
Students in the Photography club recognized that 5th grade students are often nervous about coming to middle school. The students are going to survey the 5th graders, find out what they are nervous about and take pictures to excite them about coming to middle school.  The pictures will then be put into a book and sent to each elementary school. The pictures will be of happy students, classroom activities and fun events.  Their hope is to excite and welcome the new students.

Youth Service Learning Grants 2011 – 2012
Painting for a Purpose

2011-2012

Stone and Wood Path-Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $484
Project Description:
Students from the SustainaCultureclub received a $484 grant to put in a stone and wood path to the school garden. The path will be constructed to allow easier access to the garden, protect the plants from being stepped on and prevent soil damage and compression due to heavy usage by students and teachers.

Service Learning Student Summit-Lincoln Middle School
Grant Award: $500
Project Description:
Students from Rob Lindsay’s class received a $500 grant to help with expenses of hosting a New England Service Learning Student Summit. The class was selected a year ago to host the conference for approximately 200 students involved in service learning. The students have been actively involved in planning the entire conference for a year. The money will be used to fund prizes for student led games and activities. It will also fund raffle prizes for a “craffle” food drive.

Reusable Lunch Bags-Longfellow Elementary School students
Grant Award: $500
Project Description:
5th grade students received a $500 grant to purchase reusable snack bags for kids at the school. Students want their school to become “greener” by creating less trash and waste through the use of reusable snack bags. Longfellow is beginning a whole new recycling plan within a few months and this would be a small part of the project.  The bags will be used to hold breakfast so kids can transport their breakfast from the lunchroom to the classroom thereby reducing unnecessary packaging and waste. 5th grade students will be responsible for getting the bags back to the cafeteria each day. Students will educate the school about the project and the need for it. They hope the project will change attitudes about recycling and reusing items and make people more environmentally aware.

Fairy Village – Longfellow School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:
Students at Longfellow School received a $500 grant for a Fairy Village as a separate part of the playground. A third grade student initiated this idea. Students were disturbed that when they built fairy houses outside of their school, they are often be destroyed by others. They felt that the building of fairy houses allowed them to connect with nature and let them be creative and imaginative. They felt that a separate area for Fairy Houses would let kids build fairy houses without them being destroyed. The grant will fund fencing, a sign, mushroom spores, and excavation of boulders. A newsletter will be sent home asking kids to bring in natural materials like sticks, twigs, bark and acorns to build with.  They will plant mushroom spores in hollow logs and study them as part of the new area and creating an even more natural setting.
This grant is part of a plan to “revitalize” the Longfellow playground.

Boulder Garden- Presumpscot School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:
Students at Presumpscot School received a $500 grant for a boulder garden at the school.  Students identified that the cafeteria is a very noisy and stressful place to eat lunch and often teachers take their classes to their own classrooms instead of staying in the lunchroom.  Students feel that by creating a nice place to sit outside, students and teachers will have a peaceful place to eat. They also identified that it is very congested when parents pick up their kids at school, and that this boulder garden could be a safe waiting spot.  This will help with the congestion around pick up time.  The boulder garden will also be used as an outdoor classroom and be a very welcoming space to the school.

School Mural – Lyman Moore Middle School
Grant Award-$500
Project Description:
Students of the Invisible Children Club at Lyman Moore received a $500 grant for a mural project. The focus of the club is to help society, the community and others around them. Students want to brighten up their school and make the school more welcoming.   They feel their school looks uninviting, bland and somewhat depressing and this has a negative effect on people. Students will work with a professional mural artist. Together they would create a mural, painted by students, and guided by the professional artist. The mural will show some kind of symbol that represents the club and its values about connecting with kids and helping others. Creating a mural will help to improve the school environment and promote school pride.

Mosaic Project -Lyman Moore Middle School Students
Grant Award: $350.00
Project Description:
Students at Lyman Moore Middle School received a $350 grant to refurbish the flag pole base in front of the school. Students will be building a mosaic of little colored tiles. The mosaic will be made in the spring (after April vacation) when the weather is warmer for the adhesive and grout to set. A flag and a flagpole were recently donated to Lyman Moore School.
Students, teachers, and people who live in the area have said the flag pole base is plain and ugly.  It is a 4? x 4? block of concrete that is 1 foot above the ground.
The school had a Design Competition to create a design for the base of the flag pole.  The design  needed to represent the United States of America. The selected design is an outline of the State of Maine with red, white, and blue strips.  In the middle of the map is a falcon.  The falcon is the school’s mascot.  The design represents the USA, Maine, and the school.

Healthy Food – PATHS Landscape and Garden Students
Grant Award: $500
Project Description:
Students from the Landscape and Garden program at PATHS received a $500.00 grant to provide knowledge and examples of growing healthier food to the PATHS school community. Students will address the problem that people are eating more processed food, which is unhealthy and can cause weight gain and other health problems. By modeling how to grow healthier food and teaching about this, the students hope to educate others to eat healthier and demonstrate that you can grow fresh foods in an urban community.

PATHS Students will work with the Urban Farm Fermentory.
UFF’s mission is to connect communities and encourage creative sustainable living. Students will learn about growing their own food with the help of UFF. They will grow fresh greens and micro greens for the salad bar in their school.
They will also grow fresh herbs for the Culinary Arts Program. They will teach preschoolers in the early childhood program about where their food comes from and they will talk to other PATHS classes about growing their own food and healthy food choices.

Fashion Show – PATHS Fashion Marketing Students
Grant Award: $450
Project Description:
PATHS Fashion Marketing received a $450.00 grant to produce a section of the PATHS fashion show on March 29th as an introduction to the Partners for World Health (PFWH) fashion show on April 29th.  They will use blue wrap (sterilized medical material) and other discarded medical materials in their designs. They will then publicize their show and connect it to PFWH organization, their mission and the concept of medical waste. They will do this by using social media as well as print media.  They will also advertise the PFWH fashion show on April 29th for them at the PATHS show. 25% of the money collected for tickets to the show will be donated to PFWH.

Students will work with Angela Adams to design accessories or garments to be modeled at the PFWH fashion show. Students will make small items and accessories for the PFWH boutique, which will be displayed and sold the night of the fashion PFWH fashion show, April 29th.  Each student will also volunteer at the Partners for World Health for one-day packing medical supplies for shipping to third world countries at the Scarborough Warehouse.

2010-2011

Healthy Snacks —West School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description
Adult Ed students only have a 15 minute break and are thus limited to unhealthy vending machine snacks.  West students will provide a healthy snack for the Adult Ed Community once a week during the months of Jan, Feb and March.  The money generated by making and selling the snacks will benefit Korbit Sante Haite as well as providing a healthy snack alternative for the Adult Ed students.

Grow Lettuce for School Lunches—Lyseth School
Grant Award: $500.00
Project Description
Students in the 4th and 5th grade gardening club at Lyseth School will grow lettuce for healthy school lunches as part of the new school salad bar due to open in May 2011. They will build raised beds to grow the greens. They will offer lettuce seedlings for kids who want to try this at home. Students will plant and take care of the garden in conjunction with adult allies and parent volunteers

Sustainable Agriculture Grant-Casco Bay High School
Grant Award: $500
Project Description
Students will create a school garden as a tool for teaching and learning about sustainable agriculture at CBHS. Students will produce foods that will be served in the local salad bar.  The staff will use the garden as a teaching tool about the social, economic, and political role that food plays in everyday life. The goal is to have students understand through this process why food matters and how the students can have a positive impact on the earth.

Building a House with Habitat for Humanity –PATHS
Grant Award: $500
Project Description
Students will be working together to build a house for Habitat for Humanity. Habitat serves a low income population and the students will be contributing their skills to help a family build a home.

Sustainability and Permaculture Club-Lighting Project
Grant Award: $500
Project Description
The Sustainability/Permaculture Club at Lincoln Middle School will install occupancy sensors into four of the school bathrooms. The students will also lead an assembly at the school about the process of getting the sensors installed and the benefits of the sensors.