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DHS Student Projects Win Painting for a Purpose Grants

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DHS Student Projects Win Painting for a Purpose Grants
Posted on 12/29/2014

Three projects proposed by Deering High School students recently won grants from Painting for a Purpose, an organization that funds youth-led initiatives that make a difference in the community.

The awards ceremony took place Dec. 17 at the school. The three winning projects involve a total of 13 students and focus on service learning.

In one of the projects, junior Matthew Mikkelsen will use the $500 grant he was awarded to build a mobile library for special education classes at Deering. The library will have portable audio books, e-readers and popular magazines to encourage students to take an active part in their education.

In another project, three students in Audrey Rolfe’s art class will use the grant funding to create original bookmarks. The bookmarks will be donated and sold to support literacy in South America.

Students from Ann Hall’s ninth-grade English class plan to use their $500 award to paint the school’s first floor walls purple and white with the school motto, “All One School,” to promote school spirit and community among all students.

Deering High School is in a partnership with Painting for a Purpose this year.

The philanthropic organization brings people together to create hand-painted “whimsical” furniture, then hosts an annual auction to sell the items and uses the proceeds to fund youth-led service learning grants for students in the Portland Public Schools.

Students are invited to write grants about how they want to make a difference in the community.

They must identify a community need, conduct research, propose a plan, devise a budget and document their learning as part of the grant writing process.

Over the past four years, Painting for a Purpose has provided more than $13,000 to fund 25 such projects.

For more information, please contact Jane Ellis at 934-3616 or ellis123@maine.rr.com; or Tina Edwards at 865-3642 or T2edwards@myfairpoint.net.

Also, learn more about Painting for a Purpose at www.paintingforapurpose.net.

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Tina Edwards, Painting for a Purpose co-founder, stands with DHS junior Matthew
Mikkelsen, who won a $500 grant from the organization to build a mobile library.

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(From left) DHS English teacher Ann Hall with Painting for a Purpose co-founders
Tina Edwards and Jane Ellis. Hall holds a check for a $500 grant her students won.