SAD 28 kindergarten registration

CAMDEN — Maine School Administrative District 28 is pleased to welcome all students who will be 5 years old on or before Oct. 15, 2010, and will be attending kindergarten in September 2010. Parents are asked to contact the school secretary at 236-7807 as soon as possible and registration materials will then be mailed to the parents.

Children will be scheduled for a visit to the kindergarten program at the Camden-Rockport Middle School in Camden on March 18 or March 19 to complete the registration process. For more information contact Principal Jan Staples at Camden-Rockport Elementary School.

Mad Science Night

ROCKPORT — The Camden Rockport PTA will host Mad Science Night on Thursday, March 25 from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the Camden-Rockport Middle School. It is a free family event with interactive, educational scientific fun. For more information contact Jonne O’Farrell at ofarrells@roadrunner.com.

Experiment fair

HOPE — The Hope Middle School will present an experiment fair Thursday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. The event is an opportunity to learn how to do some simple experiments that require no special science equipment and only use household items.

Scholarships based on character

PORTLAND — Mainely Character, a nonprofit volunteer organization established to provide scholarships to Maine high school seniors based on their character, is again preparing to offer scholarships of $5,000 and $2,500.

Any senior at a Maine high school who is planning to attend college in Maine or out of state is eligible to apply. Each year, Mainely Character awards a $5,000 Mainely Character-Time Warner Cable Scholarship and a $2,500 Arnie Bushner-Mainely Character Scholarship sponsored by Northeast Bank.

The late Arnie Bushner founded the organization in 2000 based on his belief that a student’s character should count equally with academics and athletics. The Mainely Character selection committee does not ask for, or look at, academic or athletic achievements. Instead, the committee focuses on the attributes of character and community involvement that have shaped the direction of the student’s life. The deadline for applications is March 1. For more information and an application form, visit mainelycharacter.org.

Perfect attendance at Appleton Village School

APPLETON — According to the Appleton Village School newsletter, the following students had perfect attendance during the second quarter: Joshua Harrington, William Wiley, Cody Pascal, Colin Stewart, Dakota Deane, Abbie Harrington, Ian Sullivan, Taylor Tremblay, Cooper Twitchell, Caleb Boyington, Cole Corey, Audrey Heriz-Smith, Gillian Lafleche, Payton Wiley, Morgan Ford, Kabien Gardner, Kaden Harrison-Billiat, Owen Hilt, Jack Moody, Makyna Thomas, Victoria Anderson, Grace Powers, Mekdes Press, Cameron Lafleche, Sierra Marston, Katelin Moody, Nathan Pascal, Danica Pease, Sean Hill, Cody Hooper, Alex Mansius and Ben Smith.

England-bound students to hold cribbage tournament fundraiser

WALDOBORO — Medomak Valley High School British literature students heading to England and Scotland in April will hold a Cribbage Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Proceeds from the tournament will help pay for transportation from Waldoboro to Logan Airport and back for the 19 students and three teachers.

The cost to play all afternoon, round robin style, is $15. The first place prize is $100, and the second place prize is $50. If 40 or more people participate, first and second place prizes will be higher. For more information or to register, call Audrey Ennamorati at 832-5389. Food will be available for purchase throughout the afternoon as part of the fundraising effort.

The group also has raised money by developing and selling a local business version of the board game Monopoly, called Medomakopoly, which may be purchased for $25. Medomakopoly will be available at the tournament or may be purchased by calling the school at 832-5389.

The students will hold a bottle drive Saturday, Feb. 13 at Town Line Video from 1 to 4 p.m. To donate, label bags of bottles and cans “MVHS England Trip” and drop them off at Town Line Video.

From the Medomak Valley newsletter

The Medomak Valley Heirloom Seed Catalog is now available for $2; contact Neil Lash at 832-6321 or the Medomak Valley office at 832-5389.

A meeting about the annual MVHS Car Show will be held Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 2 or the cafeteria. This is for everyone from the freshmen to the senior students and their parents to raise funds for Project Graduation. All class officers from each class should attend.

Yearbooks are still on sale. For an order form, stop by the office or Ms. Barbour’s Room 7. Yearbooks cost $55. Checks can be made payable to MVHS.

Maine Forest Service calls for Arbor Day poster contest entries

AUGUSTA — The Maine Forest Service and the Pine Tree State Arboretum invite fifth-grade pupils across the state to demonstrate their artistic creativity and learn about trees for the Arbor Day Foundation’s Annual Poster Contest.

This year’s theme — “Trees are Terrific … and Energy Wise” — encourages youngsters to learn about how trees conserve and create energy. The deadline for submissions is March 5.

Trees planted in proper places can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 25 percent by acting as a windbreak and offering shade. Trees also produce energy when they photosynthesize and make sugars. People use this energy in a variety of ways, whether by enjoying apples and maple syrup, or by heating their homes with wood. Students are invited to illustrate these concepts imaginatively on a poster that will be part of a statewide competition.

Maine winners will become finalists in the national contest; last year, more than 63,000 fifth-grade classrooms across the country participated in the poster contest. The Maine winner also will receive a $100 U.S. savings bond and a tree will be planted in his or her honor.

Poster contest details and educational materials, including background information and lesson plans, are available online at arborday.org/kids/postercontest. Fifth-grade educators and homeschoolers in Maine may sign up by contacting state contest coordinator Laura Minich Zitske of Project Canopy at projectcanopy@roadrunner.com.