Portland school notebook: March 1

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Deering hosts
blood drive

PORTLAND — The Deering High School junior class is sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive on March 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school’s gym. 

The drive is open to community members, as well as staff and students. 

For more information, please call 874-8260.

‘Once Upon a Mattress’
debuts at Deering

PORTLAND — The Deering High School Players will be performing “Once Upon a Mattress,” between March 4 and March 6 at the Deering High School auditorium. 

Performances will take place at 7 p.m., Thursdsay through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $8 for students, and $12 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the Deering attendance office during the school day.

Donations will also be accepted at the show for a pet food drive to benefit the Animal Refugee League.

For more information, please contact Kathleen Harris at harrik@portlandschools.org.

Portland schools
perform free concerts

PORTLAND — Student musical groups from Portland’s public middle and high schools will be featured in  a series of free concerts.

On March 11 at 6:30 p.m., a concert featuring all middle school and high school concert bands will take place in the Deering High School auditorium.
A chorus concert with students from all of the Portland middle and high schools will be held on March 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Portland High School auditorium.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

Sidebar Elements

 Reps. Joan Cohen and Peter Stuckey, D-Portland, recently hosted 21 fourth-grade students from Lyseth Elementary School at the State House.  During their visit the students served as honorary pages and met Speaker of the House Hannah Pingree.  The students raised the money for the trip themselves and were accompanied by their teacher, Paul MacDowell. Pictured here, from left, are Rep. Joan Cohen, Speaker Hannah Pingree and Rep. Peter Stuckey, with the Lyseth Elementary school fourth-grade students and their teacher, Paul MacDowell.