Help send kids with Skills to national competition

My name is Nathan Overlock. As a student at Mid-Coast School of Technology in Rockland, I had the privilege of being able to compete in the Skills USA state competition in Bangor, where I was one of 11 students from my school to qualify for the National Competition in Kansas City, Mo.

Skills USA is a organization that collaborates with students, teachers and industry partners to ensure that America maintains a skilled workforce. Their mission statement is "to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens" and at the National level they give students the opportunity to earn thousands of dollars in scholarships, as well as prizes for Medalists, and gain recognition from colleges and Technical Organizations across the country.

However, the total cost of this trip is about $15,000 for 11 students and two adult advisors, and though we have raised more than half of this from fundraising events throughout the year we still have a lot to raise by the June 22 date of our trip.

While $15,000 may seem like a lot to send 11 students to a technical competition, this includes airfare, lodging, food and transportation for the entire week-long trip.

Furthermore, students who have attained medals at the national level in previous years have earned up to $20,000 in scholarships a piece, and thousands of dollars in equipment for their field of study.

Skills USA isn’t just about earning recognition for oneself though. This year, our Community Service team hosted a blood drive, and collected enough units of blood to help more than 80 people, either in life or death situations, or in normal day-to-day needs. As part of a school wide effort, they also collected money to help the families of two cancer patients in the Rockland area, and as they advance to the National Competition they will be doing even more.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter; I hope you will consider helping us make this trip happen! For more information on Skills USA go to: Skillsusa.org.

To make a donation please contact Danica Wooster or Rich Barratt at Mid-Coast School of Technology, One Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841, or call 594-2161.

Thank you! Sincerely,

Nathan Overlock

 

Awesome 80s thank you

The Children’s House Montessori School would like to thank the many business sponsors that helped make our Awesome 80s Dance Party in March such a great event.

Thank you to Clean Bee Laundry, Licia Morelli, Bamboo Bike Studio, Camden Accommodations, ThorFinn Expeditions, The Cashmere Goat, Casey Heard Leonard, Bubbles and Bean Children’s Consignment Store, CedarWorks, Village Cabinetry, Skaar Design, The Chichi Chef, and Adventure Advertising for financial and in-kind support. Thanks also to the Awesome for providing great entertainment and to Sue Dates and the Rockport Opera House.

The dance party was a fundraiser to support the programs of the Children’s House Montessori School which serves children in the midcoast area from 18 months to 10 years old. Children’s House, located in the historic Elm Street School in downtown Camden, is currently enrolling students for the 2013-14 school year. The school has a need-based tuition assistance program designed to support families with children in all programs.

For more information about the Children’s House Montessori School, please visit camdenmontessori.org or call 236-2911.

Sincerely,

Kristin Sidwell

Children’s House Montessori School

 

Save a gym teacher, vote

I was very dismayed to learn of the proposed cuts to the 2013-2014 MSAD 28 budget. As a tax-paying citizen of Camden, I want to make sure that my money is going where it is most needed.

One of the cuts that upsets me the most is a physical education/health position at Camden-Rockport Middle School. For many years, this teacher has provided an innovative approach to teaching our young people how to be healthy individuals. How can we expect our students to perform well academically, if they are not physically and mentally strong? They need guidance at this critical age to avoid the dangers of obesity, drugs, alcohol, STDs and pregnancy. Education is the way to achieve this.

As a Camden voter, you can make a difference. On May 28 at the Strom auditorium at CHRHS there is an open budget meeting. You can support the programs that you feel are needed in our school system. Please attend the meeting.

Erma Colvin

Camden

 

High school kids jazz up fundraiser

MCH Meals on Wheels in Knox County provides 150 meals a day to some of our most vulnerable neighbors, the seniors in our community. Not only does the Meals on Wheels program improve the health and well-being of those receiving the meals, but the volunteers and the meals they deliver provide a measure of security which allows these residents to stay in their own home.

While Meals on Wheels is a federally funded program, 58 percent of the program costs are currently provided through participant contributions and local donations. This year, with the “sequester” impacting many across the country, MCH has been notified that up to 8 percent will be cut from federal funding for the meals we provide in Knox County. It is for all these reasons that I write this letter to thank those involved in our annual Jazz for Meals benefit concert at Owls Head Transportation Museum.

Thanks go out to the high schools of Medomak Valley, Belfast and Camden Hills for supporting their jazz band members and directors who performed on the evening of March 27. All those attending this year’s event were once again entertained by talented student-musicians and their faculty band leaders who did not disappoint as they “swing to serve.”

We would also like to thank our business partners for supporting this event: Snappy’s and Domino’s Pizza, Rockland Food Service, Dream Kitchen Studio, Shaws and Hannaford all of Rockland, Thomaston Grocery and Lowes of Thomaston, Lincoln’s Country Store of Warren, and Long’s Funeral Home in Camden.

Special thanks go to the Owls Head Transportation Museum, its staff and volunteers.

The evening would not be complete without an audience; thanks to all those who attended the event in support of the students as well as Meals on Wheels. MCH Meals on Wheels is appreciative of our community that continues to contribute as we strive to provide meals five days a week to all who need this important service.

Thank you,

Ann Parent

MCH board member