Joins Statewide “Tools for School” Campaign to Provide 500 Students in Southern Maine with Backpacks Stocked with Notebooks, Calculators, Rulers and More!    

July 13, 2011 - KENNEBUNK, ME.  As children and adults throughout Maine enjoy a well deserved summer vacation, the United Way of York County and several community partners are thinking ahead to make sure that children enter the new school year ready to learn, equipped with the tools they need to succeed, by joining a statewide effort to provide donated items such as backpacks, calculators, pens, pencils, rulers and composition notebooks to children unable to afford them. 

“One of our primary goals at United Way is to create and support efforts that help children and youth meet academic milestones and graduate on time,” says Kathryn Davis, President and CEO of United Way of York County.

WinterKids appoints new Executive Director

WinterKids, the non-profit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through fun, outdoor winter activity, today announced the appointment of its new executive director, Julie D. Mulkern. Mulkern, who served as WinterKids' development director since September 2008, brings 12 years of professional non-profit experience to the organization, including resource development, program development, and staff and volunteer management in the public health sector.

"We are very pleased to welcome Julie to the executive director post," said Anna Fincke, president of the WinterKids board of directors. "Her creative vision, compassion and experience will shape and expand WinterKids in exciting ways, and guide our efforts to get more kids outside and active in winter.

Jumpstart Our Youth Program Spreads the JOY

Research shows that youth engaged in philanthropy lead in volunteering and giving throughout their lives.  Forward-thinking Maine foundations, Unity Foundation and Maine Community Foundation along with corporate partner, UniTel, Inc., applied this knowledge to fund an initiative to teach Maine middle and high school students about the value of hands-on community commitment and the principles of "smart" philanthropy.  Students in the Penquis Valley High School Jobs for Maine’s Graduates program were among the students invited to participate in this program known as Jumpstart Our Youth, or JOY.  The Penquis Valley JMG program, along with 67 JMG programs throughout the state, was provided $1,000 by the JOY funding partners to award as grants.

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Variety Show

RSU #67 Music Boosters are hosting a Variety Show on Tuesday, May 31st at Mattanawcook Academy. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from a music student. $5 per ticket, or $12 for a family of 3 or more.

All State Musicians Have Many Talents

All State Musicians Have Many Talents

The correlation between participation in music and excelling academically is on display at the All State Music Festival on the Gorham campus of USM.  Poland

Regional High School students Ben Albee and Tyler Myers are prime examples.  Myers, singing bass in the All State Chorus, is the salutatorian of his graduating

class.  Albee, playing trombone in the All State Orchestra, is also an honor student and will be Master of Ceremonies at graduation.  There are many students at

the MMEA All State Music Festival who are the top students at their schools including Kaitlyn Kinsey, playing flute in the All State Band, who is Valedictorian of

her class at Fort Fairfield High School.  













High School Student Musicians Invade USM

High School Student Musicians Invade USM

As day one of the MMEA sponsored All State Music Festival came to a close, the 447 participating high school musicians were treated to 

entertainment with a twist.   Opening the program was Zac Stearns, a junior at Hall-Dale High School and member of the All State chorus,  

who warmed up the audience with his original stand up comedy routine.  He was followed by  a cappella singing group Ball in the House,

a five member male singing group based in Massachusetts.  Their renditions of songs from the 1970's to present day  were received by

enthusiastic students who  showed their appreciation with an impromptu dance session.