School Notebook: Nov. 7

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Falmouth students get lessons on the river

Falmouth sixth graders hiked along the Presumpscot River Oct. 25, to experience firsthand how humans impact our waterways. The river flows 25 miles from Sebago Lake, through six communities, including Falmouth, before emptying into Casco Bay. Students, led by the Portland Water District staff, made four stops along the river as they explored the dam that manages flow from Sebago Lake, discovered pollution sources and protection measures, and witnessed one of the most comprehensive collections of native American artifacts in the region. Experts taught students about hydropower, local history, human uses and development, and how the land surrounding the river and water flow vary at each location. The expedition was a collaborative effort between Falmouth Middle School, the Portland Water District, the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Sappi Fine Paper of North America.

Cumberland Farms brews fundraiser for Yarmouth

Cumberland Farms has named Yarmouth High School as the beneficiary of a month-long fundraiser that began Oct. 25. Cumberland Farms will donate 20 cents from every brewed tea and coffee, or Chill Zone beverage purchased at its store at 939 U.S. Route 1 in Yarmouth directly to the school. Cumberland Farms aims to raise at least $1,000. Funds raised will contribute to curriculum enrichment at the school. To celebrate the partnership, store employees and students were part of a “happy hour” Oct. 25 where Cumberland Farms offered complimentary food and drinks at the store. 

Falmouth senior named DAR Good Citizen

Falmouth High School senior Eric Chen was selected as Good Citizen for the 2013–14 school year by the Daughters of the American Revolution Elizabeth Wadsworth Chapter. The award encourages and rewards the qualities of good citizenship, including of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Selected by the staff and faculty, Chen will be invited to attend a Chapter breakfast and is eligible to enter the DAR Good Citizens scholarship contest. The winning entry of the local contest will then advance through state and national levels. Each state winner will receive an award of $250. The national winner will be invited to Washington, D.C., to attend DAR Continental Congress, be awarded a $5,000 scholarship, an inscribed silver bowl and certificate. Each of the eight national division winners will receive a cash award in the amount of $500.

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Mark Brown from Sappi Fine Paper shows sixth-grade students from Falmouth Middle School the historic Cumberland and Oxford Canal on Oct. 25, which was used to transport goods from the Sebago Lake Region to the Fore River in Portland in the 1800s.

Yarmouth High School students Carter Hall, left, Grace Griffin, Meredith Hawkens, Ellie Teare and Joe Inger, and Yarmouth High School principal Ted Hall kick off a month-long fundraiser Oct. 25 at the new Yarmouth Cumberland Farms store on U.S. Route 1.