2018-04-27 / Community

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Education announces milestone, to host Casino Royale night

The Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel (EFKA) announced that it has reached the one million-dollar mark in grants awarded to the students and teachers of RSU21. Grant funds are provided for student enrichment and professional development. Due to donations and sponsorships during the past 12 years, $1 million has been invested in the schools, educators and children of RSU21.

In 2005, Ted Damon, a retired business executive who had worked with students for many years, watched as all field trips in the Kennebunk school district, then MSAD 71, were canceled due to lack of funds. He began looking into a way to help the district, researching education foundations around the country. He enrolled as a freshman at Kennebunk High School for a school year, taking classes, reading books and engaging in classroom discussions. He talked with teachers, compiled their wish list and then surrounded himself with people who could make a difference.

In July 2006, Damon and other like-minded community members formed the Education Foundation.

“There’s a pressure on the school budget, more and more every year,” Damon said. “The Education Foundation is a concept that will provide grants to help supplement the school funding.”

In that first year the foundation’s board of directors contributed a total of $20,000. The first grant awarded was used to send 230 freshmen from Kennebunk High School to simulate a space mission at the Challenger Learning Center in Bangor. The students spent three days using science, math, and teamwork to solve problems.

Foundation grants are intended to further creativity, innovation and excellence in the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel public schools. The ultimate goal of EFKA grants is to stimulate student learning.

“MSK parents will be familiar with the 7th Grade trip to the Leadership School at Camp Kieve, the Telling Room and Econobunk,” said foundation president James Read. “At the elementary school level, we support the fourth and fifth grade arts festival, Lego Robotics and have provided 3D printers for each school. Our high school programs include sponsoring a band/choral trip to New York City, a CNC router for the STEM lab and robotics.”

The foundation has awarded grants to Kennebunk High school’s STEM coordinator, Alan Carp, that are helping the engineering program.

“I recently attended his student presentations and they’d made everything from fully functional electric guitars to remote controlled skateboards,” Read said.

Any student, teacher or administrator may submit an application. Funded projects must be carried out in alignment with the RSU 21 school system and have approval of the principal of each involved school. Each month the Grant Committee meets to discuss grants with applicants. Their recommendations then go before the foundation board of directors. The foundation is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff and no office space.

Damon is delighted with the results of the EFKA’s work. He knows that the support of the foundation sparks creativity in the students and teachers.

“I’m very happy to say thank you to so many supporters.,” Damon said. “The teachers, the kids, are thrilled with so many of the programs we provide. And all of the funding essentially comes from individuals in the local community. Thank you.”

The foundation invites the community to celebrate the $1 million milestone at Casino Royale. The foundation’s latest fundraiser is set for Friday, May 11, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport.

Instead of the usual Catch the Wave silent and live auctions the foundation will present Casino Royale, a night of poker, craps, roulette and blackjack with hors d’oeuvres, music by Vinyl Countdown and a cash bar.

Prizes include a limited edition Rams chair, cocktail making class at Old Vines, private charter on the Pineapple Ketch and two tickets to Fire and Ice 2018.

The event is 21 and older. Tickets can be purchased on the foundation website at educationfoundationka.org.

The foundation is also always looking for people to get involved as donors or volunteers. Read and the board can be reached through the website.

Contributions, which are tax deductible, can be made on the site or by mailing a check to Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel, P.O. Box 1531, Kennebunkport, ME 04046.

Talk to focus on Maine’s Carnegie libraries

Kennebunk Free Library will present an illustrated talk titled Maine’s Carnegie Libraries at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 15.

Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Maine state historian, will discuss the history and architecture of the public libraries funded by the famous American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

Maine is home to 20 Carnegie libraries, most of which still serve their original purpose after more than a century in use. Shettleworth will also tell about the origins of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport’s public libraries.

The program is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 985- 2173.

Farmers Market season opener is May 5

The Kennebunk Farmers Market will open for the 2018 season on May 5.

The market will feature locally raised meats, fresh greens, seasonal vegetables, fresh herbs, Maine maple syrup, veggie and flower seedlings, baked goods, free range eggs, baked goods, a variety of herbal products and more.

The market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Garden Street parking lot (1 Garden St., Kennebunk) every Saturday from May through November.

Faerie festival is back at Kennebunk Free Library

It’s time to welcome the faeries back to Kennebunk Free Library. Join the library on May 5 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for faerie crafts, games and fun. Certificates for faeries houses will be awarded at 10 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear faerie finery.

The event is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk. For more information, call 985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Open call for string ensemble candidates

Community string ensemble No Strings Attached is looking for violin, viola, cello and bass players interested in joining its spring session that began April 19.

No Strings Attached welcomes string players who want to play music with an informal group simply for the joy of it. Repertoire ranges from medium easy to medium advanced. Members include recent beginners and those who played earlier in life and are starting up again, to lifelong dedicated amateurs and a few pros.

The group meets about every other Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk. New members are welcome to try out the group for an evening before registering.

For more information or to register, email Pamela Doughty at pdoughty74@gmail.com or call 232-9778.

Plant and Pie Sale scheduled for May 26

Seacoast Garden Club’s annual Plant and Pie Sale is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 26 at Port Hardware in Lower Village Kennebunk. In the event of rain, the event will be held next door at Washington Hose Firehouse.

The annual sale features hundreds of homegrown plants, donated by club members, at reasonable prices and dozens of homemade pies. Proceeds benefit club programs and contributions in the community.

For more information about the sale or Seacoast Garden Club membership, contact Elsa van Bergen at 423-3781 or email ejvanbergen2@gmail.com.

World War I Exhibition and Garden to open at museum

The Brick Store Museum will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I with its new exhibition, From the Kennebunks to the Argonne Forest: The Great War that Changed America, opening Saturday, April 28.

The exhibit will run through the end of the year. A museum members screening of the exhibition will take place on Friday, April 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.

In the exhibition, visitors will discover the many societal changes that America experienced before and after World War I, including discussions of race, immigration, women’s roles and growth of the military and federal government in the early 20th century. Objects featured in the exhibition include military uniforms, propaganda posters, household items and archival material relating to the war.

Visitors will also find interactive elements that allow one to follow a local story throughout the war; add their own commentary and opinions; and share their own history. The galleries will also feature music of the era.

In addition to the indoor exhibition, the museum will also install the Museum Poppy Project in its rear courtyard.

The outdoor exhibition will be a much smaller version of 2014’s Tower of London poppy display. Metal poppies will be installed throughout the lawn to honor or memorialize loved ones. Visitors can sponsor a poppy for $25, which will be named and installed in the display until November 2018. The poppy will then be returned to the visitor to use in his/her own garden.

For more information, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org, or calling 985-4802.

Seaglass Chorale seeks singers for upcoming season

Seaglass Performing Arts Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director Jean Strazdes, is looking for singers to join its musical community in preparation for its June 2018 concert, Happy Birthday, Lenny.

The concert celebrates what would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. Music will include selections from “West Side Story,” “Wonderful Town,” “On the Town” and others.

There will be two performances, June 2 (Christ Church, Kennebunk) and June 3 (Wells High School).

For more information, call 985-8747 or visit www.seaglassperformingarts.org.

Tech Time at library scheduled for April 27

Join Kennebunk Free Library on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon for Tech Time. A librarian will work one-on-one with participants to answer technology questions.

Having difficulty downloading the cloudLibrary app? Got a tablet for a birthday and need help setting it up? Make an appointment by calling 985-2173.

Participants are asked to bring their tech devices. The final Tech Time date is Friday, April 27.

The service is free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St., Kennebunk. For more information, visit kennebunklibrary.org.

Kennebunk Land Trust plans derby themed auction

Kennebunk Land Trust’s 18th annual auction is scheduled for Friday, May 4 at 6 p.m. The auction features Kentucky Derby themed hors d’oeuvres as well as a signature cocktail. Live music from the Dock Squares will create a fun atmosphere for the evening.

The auction, the trust’s largest fundraiser of the year, will take place at Johnson Hall Museum, 2713 Post Road, Wells, ME 04090. To view a sampling of auction items, purchase tickets for the auction, register for mobile bidding and view the list of sponsors, visit www.biddingforgood.com/kennebunklandtrust.

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