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Honors economics students open Biddeford storefront

McCauley High School honors economics students are getting a hands-on lesson in running a business this November.

The Heart of Biddeford has selected their business plan for its Rising Business Leaders program. The class will operate a storefront business at 137 Main St., Suite 102 in Biddeford from Nov. 5 to Dec 3. The business, Fruits de la Terre, will sell local produce and all of the proceeds from their venture will be donated to Keep Me Warm, a heating assistance program.

The group received $400 in start-up funds from the Orton Family Foundation, a group that helps small cities and towns create thriving business communities.

The store will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. Mon. through Fri. and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information on the store and the project visit: http://fruitsdelaterre.webs.com/.

Portland student wins local essay contest

Isaac Jaegerman, a senior at Portland High School, won first place in the Ocean Awareness Essay Contest put on by the Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association.

The goal of the contest was to generate discussion and research among high school students about the Gulf of Maine’s environment. Jaegerman’s essay on overfishing “demonstrated a sophisticated, real world understanding of the topic,” reported the organization’s website.

For first prize he received $2,500; Portland High School’s science department will also reap the rewards of Jaegerman’s hard work, receiving the same amount. To find out more about the essay contest visit www.fromthebowseat.org

Russian students study a new environment

Twelve students from Arkhangelsk, Russia, Portland’s sister city, are paying Portland High School a visit.

A delegation of 12 high school students, their principal and an English teacher are attending classes at Portland High School until Nov. 16. During their time in Portland, the delegates will be staying with local families while attending classes and learning about environmental issues. A similar delegation of Portland students spent time in Arkhangelsk in 2010 to learn about environmental issues there.

This exchange is part of a multi-year collaboration between Portland High School and the English-speaking high school in Arkhangelsk. Students at the two schools have held periodic meetings via Skype during the course of the school year to discuss ways that each community is working to improve its environment.