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School Board Recognizes Painting for a Purpose Grant Winners

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School Board Recognizes Painting for a Purpose Grant Winners
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The Portland Board of Public Education and Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker recently honored students from Deering High School and King Middle School for winning $500 Painting for a Purpose grants. The students won the grants for coming up with creative ways to improve the quality of life for their schools.

The recognition took place the board’s March 15 meeting.

Deering’s grant is being used for the school’s Natural Helpers team to attend local mindfulness and meditation training. They will use their skills learned to offer classes to other students to help the school community cope with stress. Students who worked on the grant application include Salim Salim, Siobhan Dinsmore, Helen Bellafiore, Cassidy Bigelman and Avery Donovan.

King Middle School students plan to use their grant monies to plant fruit trees outside of their school building as well as in Deering Oaks Park and Evergreen Cemetery. The catalyst for planting trees stems from students learning about the prediction that many bird species in the United States will become extinct by the year 2080. Planting fruit trees will supply birds with food and a place to live. The students hope that this action will incite other students, parents and the greater community to plant fruit trees as well. Student leaders for the King project include Logan Andrick, Maddie Hurley, Magdalyn Hoffman and Lydia Stein.

Painting for a Purpose is a local philanthropic organization that funds youth-led initiatives that make a difference in the community.

PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured (from left) are School Board Chair Marnie Morrione; King Middle School students Magdalyn Hoffman, Logan Andrick, Lydia Stein, and Maddie Hurley; and Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker.