Mid-Coast School Notebook: May 5

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Bookstore recognizes young poets

The Mustard Seed Bookstore in Bath celebrated young poets and presented awards at the 2018 poetry contest winners April 25. At the second annual poetry contest for youth sponsored by the bookstore the following winners were announced: first place, “Death of Rising Star,” by Emma Hill; second place, “Hurricane,” by Linville McDough; and third place, “Hermosa,” by Nylaina Wilson. Honorable mentions were given to Fionna Mann for “I’m Not Stupid,” and Elizabeth Schotten for “Something Eternal.” 

The contest is designed for Regional School Unit 1 students in sixth through 12th grade. Students were invited earlier this year to submit poetry for the competition, emceed by local Irish-American poet Helene McGlauflin. McGlauflin is a school counselor at Harriett Beecher Stowe, a yoga instructor, and published poet who shared some of her own poetry and then opened up the mic for students to share their poems.

Patten Teen Library Council launches poster contest

Patten Free Library’s Teen Library Council is partnering with the Brunswick-based conservation organization Manomet to launch an environmental poster contest focusing on sustainability. Any student in grades seven through 12 that resides in the library service area or attends school in RSU 1 may participate. The Council will accept submissions through June 1.

Andy Whitman, a senior scientist at Manomet, will offer a brainstorming session at the library on Thursday, May 10, from 5-6 p.m. for interested participants who want to learn more about how to promote sustainability through their art. “We want these posters to send the message ‘Earth Day Every Day,’” says Whitman, “and we hope the brainstorming session will provide student artists with good information on the science and practices that define sustainability.”

First, second and third prizes will be awarded in two age categories (grades seven-nine and 10-12). Manomet will award first-place winners a $100 gift certificate, second-place winners a $75 gift certificate, and third-place winners a $50 prize. All entries will be judged by a panel comprised of Manomet and library staff, local educators, and a teen library council member.

Winners will be announced by June 8. Submission guidelines can be obtained through the library; all media are acceptable.

For more information about the show or to inquire about submissions, contact Roberta Jordan at the library (443-5141, ext. 25, or rjordan@patten.lib.me.us).

Midcoast Senior College moving to new location

Midcoast Senior College will move to 29 Burbank Ave. in Brunswick this June. The announcement was made by James Wilkes, president of the Midcoast Senior College Board of Directors.

The search for a new location began in fall 2017, when Southern New Hampshire University, from which MSC subleases space, announced plans to discontinue offering classes in Maine.

MSC’s new location is in the Seeds of Independence building, a collaborative network of nonprofits, for-profits, municipal and state organizations that offer youth a range of social, educational, health, and nutritional services. Its Community Campus Collective supports its mission to provide youth with the structure and support they need to become independent productive members of the community.

“We are looking forward to being in the same building with Seeds of Independence because both not-for-profit organizations have mission statements that support community and encourage people to learn,” said James Wilkes.

Midcoast Senior College’s mission is to provide non-credit academic courses and other educational events for people 50 years and older to continue their lifelong learning. 

HCA invites public to May open house

The work of exceptional students in the Mid-Coast area will be celebrated at Harpswell Coastal Academy during “Launch Party ’18: The Future of Learning @ HCA,” 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 17. Visitors can take a look back at the first five years, hear more about this year’s success stories, and unveil a new approach to project-based learning.

At the School Farm, visitors can see how recent donations have expanded this core student experience, and why outdoor learning continues to be a hallmark of the Harpswell school. Student Investigations involve learning about investigations such as precision manufacturing, bike refurbishing, oral history, documentary filmmaking and more. During the evening, those interested can also learn about Pathways Launch, HCA’s four new career pathways, and see how workshops, investigations, and internships with community partners combine to create post-secondary opportunities for all students.