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DHS, Lincoln, Moore Students Win PFP Grants!

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DHS, Lincoln, Moore Students Win PFP Grants!
Posted on 04/16/2021
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Painting for a Purpose (PFP) is a group of artists who paint whimsical wooden items – such as lobsters, birds and fish. They sell these items to raise money for a philanthropy fund for service learning projects led by Portland Public Schools students who want to make a difference. Students receive up to $500 to put their idea into action. The following 2021 PFP grants were awarded to students at Lincoln and Moore middle schools and Deering High School:

·      A Lincoln Middle School student received a $495.13 Painting For a Purpose grant to create a Hugelkultur garden. The garden will be used as a teaching tool for students to learn about sustainable gardening.  Students will be learning gardening methods that are good for the environment. Hugelkultur gardens are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximize surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. Pictured above is an example of a Hugelkultur garden.

·      Students in the Lyman Moore Middle School Breathe Day Treatment Program were awarded a $490.35 Painting For a Purpose grant to transform one of the rooms at the school into a “Calming Space, where students can relax, talk with staff or another peer and have it be inviting. Students want to make the space more welcoming by painting a mural and purchasing more welcoming furniture.

·      Students at Deering High School were awarded a $498.32 Painting For a Purpose grant for a “Community Building Mural.” Students identified that the pandemic and recent world events have separated the student body and added a great deal of stress to students’ lives. The mural, slated for completion by September 2021, is as an opportunity to bring students together in a common project and allow students to express emotions through art. The themes of the mural are “Stronger Together” and “Community.”

Painting for a Purpose has money available for youth led service learning grants this year.  All grants must be written by students attending the Portland Public Schools. Young people can receive up to $500 for their project idea of how to make a difference in their community.

To learn more, go to: paintingforapurpose.net.  A grant application can be found HERE.

For more information, contact Tina Edwards at tinacedwards@gmail.com.