First National Bank recently announced a $25,000 contribution to Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership.

The Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership integrates science education, applied research and leadership development through summer science experiences on Hurricane Island and through year-round educational programs and teacher support in area schools.

This year, Hurricane has teamed up with St. George Middle School, Oceanside STEM Academy, Vinalhaven Elementary and Middle Schools and Islesboro High School to provide professional development and teacher support, including adapting and developing online and classroom lessons that are COVID-19 responsive.

Hurricane Island has also partnered with Blueberry Cove to develop and implement a new place-based experimental learning experience for St. George Middle School students. This collaboration extended St. George School’s capacity to engage students outdoors in meaningful ways that connect with science curricular and social-emotional needs. First National Bank’s contribution will support both programs.

“Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership is thrilled to partner with First National Bank to deliver enriching and curriculum supporting STEM learning experiences to Mid-Coast Maine students during these challenging times for educators and students.” Said Executive Director Bo Hoppin.

“We thank First National Bank for helping Hurricane Island fulfill its goals of developing in depth educational partnerships with area schools. Hurricane Island is thrilled to be a First National Bank customer as their service throughout the pandemic has been remarkable. Thank you to all the wonderful employees of First National Bank!”

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First National Bank is an independent community bank with 16 offices in Lincoln, Knox, Hancock, Washington and Penobscot Counties. For more information about First National Bank, call 1-800-564-3195 or visit