Students Receive Grants To Put Their Ideas Into Action
Groups of students from Longfellow Elementary School, Presumpscot Elementary School and Lyman Moore Middle School each received $500 from the local nonprofit group, Painting For A Purpose, to fund projects that will help them make a difference in the community.
Two grants were awarded to teams of students at Longfellow Elementary School. Fifth graders received money to purchase reusable snack bags in an effort to reduce waste at their school. Third graders won a grant that will fund fencing, signage and removal of boulders on the playground to establish a fairy village.
Presumpscot students received funding to build a boulder garden to serve as an alternate lunch spot and outdoor classroom.
The Invisible Children’s Club at Moore was awarded a grant to pay for a mural to make their school more welcoming. Students will work with a professional muralist to design the artwork.
Painting for A Purpose paints whimsical furniture and sells it at a yearly auction to raise money for grants. All grants must be written by students in the Portland Public Schools and they must make a difference in the community.