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School Board Honors Peaks Students for Bicycle Brochure

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School Board Honors Peaks Students for Bicycle Brochure
Posted on 05/20/2015
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The Portland Board of Public Education and Portland School Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk on May 19 honored some Peaks Island Elementary School students who, with the aid of their teacher, created a bicycling brochure of Peaks Island that features a map of local landmarks.

“Tonight we are excited to be here at Peaks Island School and to recognize Mr. Marenghi and his second- and third-grade students for the creation of the Peaks Island Landmark Bike Tour brochure,” Caulk said.

The students in teacher Charlie Marenghi’s second- and third-grade classroom spent the year making the brochure, which includes bike safety tips and a map that highlights 24 landmarks around the island. Each student in the class had one landmark to research, study and eventually draw. 

The students also worked with Bridgette Kelly from the Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education program, a partnership between the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Maine Department of Transportation, to make the map.

The students began with a first draft drawing of their landmark. They included well known sites like the school itself, the Inn on Peaks Island and the ferry landing, to less-noticed landmarks like Trout Pond and the beaver lodge. Because some were unfamiliar with the lesser known landmarks, the students did a walking tour of the island. In researching their landmarks, students went out into the community and spoke with parents, neighbors, family friends and others. It gave them a chance to use their interview skills to find out what they needed to know about their landmark and also gave them a chance to spread the word about bike safety.

In addition, the map doubles as an educational card game known as "Top Trump Cards," which helps anyone playing it learn historical facts about all the landmarks. 

The brochure is available at a local bike shop and with the Casco Bay Lines ferry service.

“Please join me in recognizing the students and Mr. Marenghi for developing and implementing this useful community brochure,” Caulk said.