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Vote to Help Lyman Moore Teachers win $4,000 Grant!

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Vote to Help Lyman Moore Teachers win $4,000 Grant!
Posted on 10/12/2016
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Three Lyman Moore Middle School teachers are asking the public to vote online this week to help them win a $4,000 grant for community service projects in the community and at the school.

Science teachers Rob Miller and Naomi Holmes and social studies teacher David Hilton are finalists for the grant from the b.good Family Foundation, the charitable arm of the b.good restaurant group, which has two locations in Maine. But now the three need online votes from the community to help them win.

Voting began Tuesday, Oct. 11, and closes on Sunday, Oct. 16. To vote, click HERE.

The proposal by Miller, Holmes and Hilton is called: “Coming Together at Lyman Moore: b.good, b.green, b.community.” The teachers plan to use the money to continue Lyman Moore’s community service work at the city-owned Front Street Housing complex, where many of the school’s students live; buy tools such as shovels and rakes so that the school’s Community Service team can do volunteer work to meet neighborhood needs; and to build gardens at Lyman Moore.

Hilton explained the projects in more detail:

“Funds from this grant would continue Lyman Moore’s multiyear community service project at the Front Street housing complex. In the past we've worked with the Portland Housing Authority and the Maine Red Claws to fix up the playground in the housing complex and install triple-toss hoops. Next we'd like to work with tenants of the complex to build raised gardens. In addition, we hope to purchase tools the Community Service team of staff and students can use anywhere in our neighborhoods to rake, shovel, paint, and build to meet local need. Finally, this grant would allow us to install and maintain additional community gardens on the grounds of our school.”

And how will students and the community benefit?

“This work will reinforce the deep bond developing between the residents of Front Street and the staff and students at Lyman Moore,” Hilton said. “It will enable and empower young people to go out into the local community to serve. Finally, it will help connect young people to small-scale farming, including the joy of growing your own food.”