Trekkers is gearing up to welcome 40 new seventh-graders from its six-town service area of Thomaston, Cushing, St. George, South Thomaston, Owls Head and Rockland. In mid-January, staff will visit local seventh-grade classrooms to give a brief presentation of Trekkers' programs.

Any seventh-grade student who resides in one of these towns and is interested in finding out more about becoming a Trekker is invited to attend a Community Meeting  Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Oceanside Middle School cafeteria. Information provided at this meeting is mandatory for any family starting the program.

Trekkers representatives will discuss the seventh-grade program in detail and provide an overview of the entire program through grade 12. They will answer questions from students and parents and give you the details they need to decide whether to apply to be part of Trekkers.

Applications will be available at the meeting. Completed applications must be received at the Trekkers office on or before the deadline of Feb. 25. Applications will be available for pickup at the Trekkers office, orcan be  downloaedd at trekkers.org any time after Jan. 23. Contact the Trekkers office to find out how to receive the information from the Community Meeting.