Maine School Administrative District 75 bus driver Don Sanders had a good idea that has led to a program now being replicated across the state and beyond.
Along with Williams-Cone School Principal Randa Rineer, and Topsham Public Library’s Children’s Librarian Mariah Sewall, Sanders implement Bus Book Bags, a program where bags of library books are on all of the school buses for children to read and share. The program has not only ensured that literacy skills are being developed beyond the classroom, but has also led to informal mentor relationships between older and younger kids as they read together.
Sanders, who won a Giraffe award last year, has been named the 2016 Joan McGovern Education Support Professional of the Year Award from the Maine Education Association for the program.
Chelsea McCormick, of Brunswick, Bachelor of Science in neuroscience. A 2011 graduate of Brunswick High School, she is the daughter of John and Linda McCormick.
Shannon Rice of Bath, Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering with high distinction.
Nathaniel Eames of Brunswick, Master of Science degree in civil engineering.
Leigh P. Mathieu, of Bath
Jamie R. Ross, of Brunswick
Ryan M. Salerno, of Brunswick
Southern Maine Community College
Bath: Melissa Burns, Sydne Campbell, Dave Cormier, Aubrey Edmonds, Amanda Hart, William Hudson, Tristan Kiffer, James Laser, Shannon Leary, Joshua McDougal, Nour Myers, Karina Nay, Sean Pierce, Katherine Ramirez, Catherine Schofield, Steve Sommers, Dale Stein, Madison Yeaton
Brunswick: Tara Bernier, Matthew Blake, Molly Bisson, Adam Bourgeois, Tami Burgess, Heather Buzzell, Hannah Cain, Haley Clark, Tristam Coffin, Natalie Daniels, Shelley Eliassen, Amber Farnham, Aaron Gilbert, Zyrah Giustra, Amity Graham, Kerri Hansen, Ashley Hartford, Taylor Hunter, Nicholas Kalmbach, Amelia Keiper, Mitchell Kleege, Daniel Landry, Lauren Lobikis, Sarah Moore, Muyembi Mukadi, Tanika Newell, Dharmee Patel, Jasmine Smith, Christopher Snyder, Matthew Stoy, Cassandra Tardif, Jennifer Tekac, Lisa Turner, Amanda Wood, Candee Wright
Harpswell: Jordan Betz Susan Condon, Rosemary Harkenrider-Crossman, Shawn Lafferty, Gareth Packard, Zachary Stoler, Joseph Thomas
Topsham: Shiloh Chambers, Trent Charnock, Chloe Creighton, Kristyn Doughty, Jessy Doyle, Madeline Dumont, Nathan Dyer, Jessica Emmert, Molly Estes, Taylor Gardner, Angel Glumac, Jessica Hart, Staycen Lamarre, Cassandra Lyons, Nancy Madarasz, Lydia Myers,Ashlie Richardson, Devyn Vermette, Brittany Weathers
Ian Burgess, of Brunswick, studying applied exercise science.
University of Hartford
Jason Carter, of Brunswick
Western New England University
Nicole Powers, a mechanical engineering major, of Brunswick
The entire student body at St. John’s Catholic School in Brunswick formed a human chain last month to pass 536.6 pounds of food to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program facility on 84 Union St. Shown are kindergartners Titus Misaalefua and Lila Patient.