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Great Falls School receives $4,000 grant

Lowe’s recently awarded Great Falls Elementary School $4,000 for its H.O.P.E. (Harvesting Outdoors to Promote Empathy) garden.

“Our grant application was based on the goal of improving the learning community at Great Falls,” math teacher Stacey Sawyer said in an announcement. “We look forward to sharing the garden and outdoor learning lab with the Gorham community.”

Sawyer said he students, staff and community of Great Falls Elementary School are committed to utilizing the natural resources around their school grounds. School gardens can improve science achievement, instill appreciation and respect for nature, and help children develop healthy eating habits.

Establishing this garden and outdoor learning lab at Great Falls Elementary School has fostered responsibility and respect while providing hands-on experiences for our students, Sawyer said. “We hope to share the bounties from our efforts with those in need within our community.”

Assistant Principal Becky Fortier said, “The Great Falls School and community will greatly benefit from this grant and the amazing outcome of this project. We wish to thank our friends at Lowe’s for generously supporting this important work and providing us with the resources to bring our existing curriculum outdoors.”

All K-12 public schools in the United States are eligible for the Toolbox for Education program. More information is available at www.ToolboxforEducation.com.

Dance Studio 
of Maine hosting open house

The Dance Studio of Maine will be holding an open house on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 5-8:00 p.m. at 6 School St., in Gorham.

The studio will be offering free dance class workshops, refreshments, tours, discount custom dance attire, fun games for the kids and more. Anyone who registers for fall classes will get a chance to spin the discount wheel.

The open house is open to the public, as well as current students. View the schedule and register online by clicking on the website dancestudioofmaine.com

For more information about the open house or classes, call Kelly Leskowsky, 839-6161.

Rescue dog in North Gorham program

Kathy Corbett, library director at North Gorham Public Library, said a representative from the Maine Search and Rescue Dogs organization will present a program “Lost But Found Safe and Sound” at the library at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23.

The program teaches elementary school-aged children how not to get lost and how to make it easier to be found. There will be a demonstration with a rescue dog as well, Corbett said.

The library is at the corner of Standish Neck and North Gorham roads. For more information, call 892-2575.

A memorable storm

Gorham was drenched with 8 inches of rain in less than 24 hours by Hurricane Bob on Aug. 19, 1991, according to the Gorham Historical Society chronology. The storm damaged a number of roads and bridges.

U.S. taxpayer debt

The Bureau of Public Debt reported on Aug. 9 that the U.S. public debt was $15,915,814,457,919.46.

Students at Great Falls School thank Lowe’s for a $4,000 grant for its outdoor classroom. (Courtesy photo by math teacher Stacey Sawyer)

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