Mid Coast School Notebook: May 16

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Brunswick elementary students go green

BRUNSWICK — Over three dozen students and parents recently constructed raised garden beds at Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School.

Ten raised beds were built with donations from parents and local businesses. Hawkes and Taylor Forestry Products donated, cut and delivered all of the wood; Coast of Maine Organic Products donated two yards of organic compost; Country Fare Inc. donated and delivered three yards of loam; school custodian Jim Tupper donated his time; and about a dozen families worked to build and fill the beds.

Students filled the beds with vegetable seedlings they started in the classrooms, and art students built mosaic bird baths for the gardens. Fall crops will include flint corn, wheat, oats, squash and pumpkins.

Brunswick student honored by Maine’s first lady

BRUNSWICK — First Lady Anne LePage recently presided over the 26th annual presentation of the Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism and presented this year’s Youth Volunteer of the Year award to Julia Brown of Brunswick.

Brown created a pen-pal project for her service-learning course. The project helps alleviate eighth grade students’ concerns about transitioning to high school and used Skype to bring together students from Brunswick and Siberia.

Outside of school, Brown is a member of the Youth Advocacy Program, a Board member of People Plus; a student liaison to the local school board and a volunteer intern at the Mid Coast United Way.

Brunswick High School bands compete in Heritage Music Festival

BRUNSWICK — Brunswick High School’s wind ensemble, the symphonic band and the jazz ensemble recently participated in the Heritage Music Festival in Williamsburg, Va.

The symphonic band and jazz ensemble each earned a gold rating and the wind ensemble earned a silver rating. Each of the ensembles received a first place award in their category. The symphonic band received an Adjudicators Award and have been invited to participate in the Festival of Gold 2013. Senior Sam Rowe was presented with a Musical Merit award for his exceptional performance on the piano.

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