STAR program participants and their families joined Five Town Communities That Care staff and board members at Camden Hills Regional High School's Wave Cafe June 11 to celebrate the completion of STARs 24th cycle.

Sixty students from the five towns took part in the after-school skill-building program during this fall cycle, participating in one of the following classes: Knit Wits, Exploring Through the Arts, Hands On Science, Animal Antics, Aldemere Farm Hands, Martial Arts, Cooking, and Improvisational Drama.

This was the first cycle since the program was brought back after a year off due to lack of funding. STAR will continue with the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.

The STAR program is open to fifth- to eighth-grade students in Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, and Rockport. STAR (Skills Training and Recognition) is an after-school program focusing on skill development, recognizing youth as they learn these skills, and connecting youth with opportunities to give back by using these skills in the larger community. STAR also gives children an opportunity to meet and make new friends from other schools in the five towns.

The program is offered at no cost to participants. Contributions from community members are welcome and encouraged.

For more information about STAR or Five Town CTC, visit or call 236-9800. Those interested in donating to support the STAR program may call Alex Owre at the above number.