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Painting for Purpose Funds Student Projects

A student at Deering High School is founding a Kendama Club at Deering – believed to be the first such club at any Maine school – to bring diverse students together through a common hobby. Some eighth-graders at Lyman Moore Middle School are taking over their school’s news, creating a weekly broadcast to provide the student body with entertaining yet informative news about their school.

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PATHS Dancers in Pop-Up Piece Oct. 14

Students in the Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS) dance program have been working on THE SEA WE SEE, a project that will culminate in a pop-up performance on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. on the Eastern Promenade. The piece, which explores themes of climate change and its effects on coastal communities, will be performed between the baseball field and the flagpole/tennis courts.

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PforP Helps Students Make a Difference!

Painting for a Purpose, a local nonprofit organization founded by teachers, brings creative people together to paint whimsical decorative items that they sell to raise money to fund service-learning projects led by Portland Public Schools students who want to make a difference. Students receive up to $500 to put their idea into action. So far this school year, Painting for a Purpose has funded a wide variety of PPS students' amazing service-learning projects.

For example, a King Middle School sixth-grader won a grant to help her share Ethiopian cuisine and traditions with the school community. She conducted independent research on Ethiopia and fed her classmates injera flatbread and other Ethiopian food. She had a meal catered from Asmara Restaurant, and shared a presentation that celebrated her culture and educated others on her mother’s home country. Click HERE to learn about this and the seven other projects that Painting for a Purpose helped make a reality this year.

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