TGS celebrates Be Yourself Week

By Beth A. Birmingham | Feb 10, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Lincoln Academy Player Corwin Rockwood, right, listens to a member of Susan Watts' fifth-grade class express how he would deal with the scenario just presented during "Be Yourself Week" at Thomaston Grammar School. Also shown are students Emma Gerrish, Caileigh Pease, Chloe Fillion, and interactive performer Zoey Sewall.

Thomaston — Students and staff at Thomaston Grammar School celebrated Be Yourself Week, Feb. 3-7 with a variety of events.

TGS is a member of the Civil Rights Team Project or CRTP supported by Maine Attorney General Janet Mills. The CRTP enforces the Civil Rights Act — personal rights. The school-based preventative program's mission is to increase the safety of all students by reducing bias-motivated behaviors.

The CRTP accomplishes this goal by supporting Maine school Civil Rights Teams — who identify and address issues of bias in our school community related to race and color, national origin and ancestry; religion; physical and mental disabilities; sexual orientation; and gender.

On Feb. 3, CRTP Coordinator Brandon Baldwin addressed the school on ways to "Be Yourself." Staff members presented skits to student Feb. 4 on bias-based behaviors. Thursday, Feb. 6 the participants "dressed to express" themselves and Friday, Feb. 7 the Lincoln Academy Players performed their interactive theater with students about being themselves.

Also, Sue Johnson led her art classes in putting together a bulletin board based on the book, "Only One You."

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Members of the interactive performance group from Lincoln Academy "de-role" after presenting some bias-based skits at Thomaston Grammar School Feb. 7. Performers are Zoey Sewall, Nathan McIvor, Caleb Eugley, Thalia Eddyblouin, Michael Juchnik, and Corwin Rockwood. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Thomaston Grammar School students Kaytlyn Pierce and Angel Siders pose in front of a bulletin board displayed during "Be Yourself Week". The art was based on the book, "Only One You." (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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