Portland School Notebook: Aug. 3

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Portland schools host free summer meal program

PORTLAND — The Portland Public Schools has partnered with the Wayside Community Food Program, Salvation Army, Ocean Avenue Summer School, the City of Hope and Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative to offer a free summer meal program for children through August 26 at several locations throughout the city. Dates and locations are as follows:

• Salvation Army, 297 Cumberland Ave.: 8:30 a.m. breakfast; noon lunch, Monday-Friday until Aug. 26.

• City of Hope, 97 Allen Ave.: 12:30 p.m. lunch, Monday-Friday, until Aug. 26.

• Ocean Avenue Elementary School, 152 Ocean Ave.: 8 a.m. breakfast; 11:45 a.m. lunch, Tuesday-Friday until Aug. 12.

• Presumpscot Elementary School, 69 Presumpscot St.: 5-6 p.m. dinner, Monday-Thursday until Aug. 18.

Meals will be provided to all children 18 years old and younger to be eaten onsite. The program will also include activities at each location from full summer day camps to short activities at meal time.

Funding for the program is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program, with support from Wayside Food Program. There will be no cost to the Portland Public Schools.

The menu will be posted on the Portland Public Schools’ website at portlandschools.org.

Children under 18 may also qualify to receive free lunches at more than 20 locations during the summer through PROP’s Summer Food Service Program, run by Kids Katering. More information is available at 871-8810.

Portland teen wins literary award

PORTLAND — Fadumo Issack of Portland recently won the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance Youth Competition for Nonfiction in the 2011 Maine Literary Awards for her essay “Climbing Barefoot.”

Fadumo’s essay was submitted by her writing teachers at the Telling Room earning her the top prize of a full scholarship valued at $500 to the 2011 MWPA Fall Writing Retreat. The scholarship was sponsored by Maine Authors Publishing, a Rockland-based company that helps authors self-publish or publish in a cooperative style.

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A team of seventh graders from Lyman Moore Middle School recently won an award at the Project Citizen State Showcase event for best oral presentation for their project about freedom of speech and picketers at military funerals entitled, “Words Shouldn’t Hurt, Right?” Pictured here are members of the winning Project Citizen team, from left, Max Chabot, Matt Herrick, founder of Kids Consortium Marvin Rosenblum, Emmith Molina, and Mohamed Agamia. Not pictured here is team member Ben Legere.