Portland School Notebook: April 18

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Portland student recipient of two RIT writing awards

Taryn Brennan of Portland, a fourth-year international and global studies and sociology and anthropology double major, was the recipient of two writing awards at Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Liberal Arts in New York.

Faculty committees in each department in the College of Liberal Arts selected student awardees from a variety of disciplines whose work embodies the ideals and standards of excellence, creative endeavor and scholarship.

Representing the Department of International and Global Studies, Brennan was recognized for her work titled “Perversion of Childhood: The Nexus Among Sexual Imperialism, Childhood Studies and Security.” Of a dozen writing awards bestowed, Brennan also won representing the Department of Sociology and Anthropology with “A Story that Runs Deep: Where Emotion, Memory and Politics Meet.”

PEF benefits from King Foundation

The Portland Education Foundation has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation in response to a proposal called “Books and Literacy Resources for Portland Public Schools Grades PreK – Grade 5.”

The resource program is designed to invest in books and literacy resources for all Portland Public Schools’ elementary school classroom libraries, school libraries and book closets. This program addresses a lack of funding for books and literacy resources and helps build collections that honor and celebrate culture and language differences to bridge gaps between students from different backgrounds. This grant award catalyzes a district-wide approach to assessing book and literacy assets and needs across all public elementary schools in Portland.

According to Superintendent Xavier Botana, “We know that students benefit greatly from having a variety of reading materials at different levels and genres. We rarely have the opportunity to make this level of investment in classroom libraries.”

Local schools top fundraisers in Clynk challenge

Ocean Avenue Elementary School and Cape Elizabeth Middle School students and supporters were far and away the top fundraisers in this years’s CLYNK For Schools Recycling Challenge in Maine and New York.

Ocean Avenue raised $2,577.08 Jan. 29 to March 26, and earned a first-place prize of $1,500. Second place went to CEMS, which raised $2,223.18 and was awarded $1,000. 

In comparison, the top two fundraising schools in New York raised $1,490.86 and $986.03, respectively.

Schools from all over Maine and New York recycled enough cans and bottles to raise a grand total of $27,562.50 during the seventh annual CLYNK for Schools Recycling Challenge. Hannaford Supermarkets donated $13,782.84 in matching funds. For every $1 raised in the Challenge period, schools received a 50-cent match.

UNE to offer study abroad program in Paris 

The University of New England has signed a partnership with the American Graduate School in Paris to launch a “UNE in Paris” study abroad program for undergraduate students who want to spend a semester in the heart of Paris.

The first session of the program will start in January 2019.

The program combines coursework in international relations with French classes at the Alliance Française, using the city of Paris and its many institutions as an expanded classroom. Students will stay with Parisian families for a true, immersive experience.

The partnership was initiated by Anouar Majid, UNE’s vice president for Global Affairs, who founded the university’s Center for Global Humanities on the Portland Campus and the Tangier Global Forum on the Tangier Campus in Morocco.

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