Portland School Notebook

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Weekend events celebrate art in community at Waynflete School   

Hands to Art is a weekend-long celebration of art in community at Waynflete School. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16,  at Waynflete’s Arts Center with a silent auction featuring donated artwork from area artists, as well as gift certificates for artistic items. The event is open to the public and features hearty hors d’oeuvres contributed by local restaurants, as well as desserts and beverages generously donated by Tim and Joan Porta of Migis Lodge. Tickets for the silent auction are $35 per person and the event is for adults only. 

An artisan fair will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. November 17, in Sills Hall on the Waynflete campus. The fair will feature unique holiday gifts crafted by more than 30 talented Maine artisans. In addition, there will be live entertainment by Waynflete students and friends as well as culinary delights. The fair is free and open.   

All proceeds from this celebration will support Waynflete and benefit areas such as financial aid, professional development, the arts and other curricular programs.  

Cheverus Students provide support during service days 

Recently, members of the Cheverus High School freshman and sophomore classes devoted two full days to volunteering at the Preble Street Soup Kitchen, Port Resources, Lyseth School, The Root Cellar, Ruth’s Reusable Resources, State Street Clothing Center, Catholic Charities, St. Brigid’s School, Lyseth School, St. Luke’s Episcopal Cathedral, Sacred Heart/St. Dominic’s Parish, and a cleanup of Calvary Cemetery.

The students enacted the school mission to be “people for and with others” by working in soup kitchens, schools, churches and other service organizations. Students prepared meals, raked leaves, worked with elementary school students, sorted donated clothes and a variety of other tasks. Students then reflected on their experiences by writing a short paper.

Credit unions help Portland students prepare for financial future

Credit unions in southern Maine presented Portland’s second Financial Fitness Money Management Experience at Portland High School recently. More than 200 Portland High School seniors participated this year.

Students received a scenario packet of their life at age 22, which included their occupations, income and credit history. From there, students mapped out their financial future from financing their housing to purchasing food and clothing. 

Representatives from credit unions throughout the Greater Portland area and the Maine Credit Union League helped to organize the event.  

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More than 40 volunteers from the Portland office of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, the Maine Red Claws and MaineHealth painted murals, built picnic tables, an outdoor chalkboard and room dividers for Presumpscot Elementary School in Portland during Harvard Pilgrim Foundation’s annual company-wide day of service.  

The Cheverus High School Key Club, students, faculty and staff gathered on campus recently for a massive pumpkin carving event in support of the 10th annual Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 27. Cheverus students met their goal of carving 500 pumpkins to contribute to the festival.

The Camp Sunshine Festival was held at L.L. Bean in Freeport and included a costume parade, corporate carving challenge, children’s activities, whoopie pie eating contest and a display of 10,000 illuminated pumpkins to set a new Guinness World Record. More than 25,000 people attended the festival, where the goal was to raise $100,000. All proceeds go to Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Casco for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.