Portland School Notebook: July 4

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Reiche students unveil new mural at Rosemont Market & Bakery

Rosemont Market & Bakery recently revealed its newest community mural outside of the company’s West End store, 40 Pine St. Created in collaboration with Reiche School’s Community Art Club and inspired by the theme Good Food From Where I Live, the two panels of the mural combine to depict locally raised foods traveling from farm to table.

“The goal of our community murals is to energize and support children in contributing to their communities in creative ways,” said Molly Thompson, co-owner of Rosemont Market & Bakery. “This mural is very special. The children poured their hearts into its design, which so creatively demonstrates the understanding they gained along the way about the importance of Maine’s food and farming resources.”

The Rosemont Mural Project is in its fourth year and is a collaboration with art teachers and students throughout Portland. The project was conceived of and is spearheaded by Rosemont customer Simon Williams, a teacher at Ocean Avenue Elementary School.

Waynflete Drake Award winners announced

Waynflete Board of Trustees President Kate Jeton presented the 2018 Drake Award to Sara Crisp and Gregg Lipton at the school’s recent 120th commencement ceremony. The award is given by the board to honor those who inspire others to support the school and its mission and who have given years of outstanding service to Waynflete.

For the last three years, the couple served as co-chairs of the most ambitious capital campaign in Waynflete’s 120-year history, Building on Our Strengths. Now in its final weeks, the campaign has raised over $10 million in support of construction of the new Lower School, faculty support and financial aid endowments, and the Waynflete Fund.

PEF announces Audubon and summer program grants

Portland Educational Foundation has awarded $10,000 through the Maine Audubon Grants for Teachers Program and $15,000 in Summer Innovation Grants. 

The 2018 Maine Audubon “Bringing Nature Home” Grants for Teachers Program provides funding to Portland Public Schools teachers who want to engage students with Maine Audubon urban ecology programming during the 2018-19 school year. The goal of the grants is to engage Portland students in the study and stewardship of the landscapes and habitats around them, especially as it relates to Maine plants, insects and birds.

Teachers at the following schools have received grants: Bayside Learning Community, Hall School, Longfellow School, Lyseth School, Ocean Avenue Elementary School, Presumpscot School, Reiche School, Lincoln Middle School, King Middle School, Deering High School, and Portland Adult Education.

Summer Innovation grants were awarded to the following teachers: Blair Atherton, Lincoln Middle School; Nicole Casasa-Blouin, Riverton; Renee Serio,  Peaks Island School; and Ryan Hutchins at Lyman Moore Middle School.

Art teacher Allison Villani and her Reiche School Community Art Club Art outside of the Rosemont Market & Bakery West End store following the reveal of the “Good Food From Where I Live.” 

The “Good Food From Where I Live” mural created by Reiche students at Rosemont Market, 40 Pine St.

Sara Crisp and Gregg Lipton were given the 2018 Drake Award at Waynflete School’s 120th commencement ceremony.