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‘People of Portland Project’ Culmination March 13

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‘People of Portland Project’ Culmination March 13
Posted on 03/05/2020
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Juniors at Casco Bay High School will hold a culmination of their The People of Portland Project on Friday, March 13. At the event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the CBHS Great Space and the PATHS Dance Studio, the students will bring to life the essence of 22 inspiring Portlanders' stories through words and movement.

Each performance will draw verbatim from interviews the 11th-graders conducted with Portlanders this winter as part of their project. The class of 2021 launched the project this past fall with a call seeking nominations of everyday local heroes. “In the media age, we hear much from or about the famous, rich, and powerful, while our neighbors are quietly living heroic, brave lives – in small and big ways,” the students wrote. “We know there are many in our community who have shown immense courage, resilience and strength in the face of hardship or injustice. Most of us are not listening closely enough to those who are different from ourselves. We want to listen to these everyday people and we want to bring their stories to life for all of us to experience.”

The 22 inspiring Portlanders whose stories will be featured in the March 13 performance range in age from their teens to 80s, and they have an equally expansive array of experiences and accomplishments. Some have emigrated from war or genocide; some have experienced trauma or survived addiction; one is the first Muslim and Somali woman to hold public office in South Portland and Maine; another survived sexual assault and is now an outspoken advocate.  Many are passionate advocates, overcoming their own struggles to help others.  A few are CBHS parents nominated by their children. Several are CBHS alums nominated by their peers.  All are inspiring and their stories should be heard.

You can learn more about the project in the Portland Press Herald story