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May 18, 2016

Congratulations Princeton Elementary School

$27,968.01 will provide funding for Expanding Our Musical Horizons

Princeton, Maine– The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a

$27,968.01 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® grant to Princeton Elementary School in Princeton

for renovation of a classroom to accommodate the school’s growing music program. Princeton

Elementary is one of many schools across the United States to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox

for Education grant this spring for improvement projects.

With nearly 90% of the school participating in the music program, the students at Princeton

Elementary have simply outgrown the current music room. With the help of Lowe’s Toolbox

for Education Grant the students will soon be moving to a larger classroom. Funds from the

grant will provide soundproofing for the room as well as shelving for storage. The grant will

also make possible the installation of an interactive white board for use with computer

assisted lessons. In addition, the classroom will be equipped with a full line of world drums

and orff xylophones. Finally, the school’s 30 year old piano will be replaced with a new

digital keyboard. The project is scheduled to be completed for the start of the new school


“It is so exciting to see our students recognized for their hard work and dedication to the

music program”, said music teacher Alice Sullivan. “This renovation will give them the space

and materials to continue to grow and learn.”

Since its inception in 2005, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has provided more than $45 million

in grants to more than 10,000 schools, benefiting more than 6 million schoolchildren. Grants

are available to K-12 public schools in the United States for a wide range of improvement

projects. Schools may be eligible to receive Toolbox grants up to $100,000. Parent groups

and educators can apply by visiting The fall cycle will open Aug. 1,


To view a full list of projects by state, visit Select the

spring 2016 winners tab, which will list the school and the supporting Lowe’s store available

for assistance.

Since 1957, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has helped improve

communities across North America through financial contributions and support for employee


About Lowe’s in the Community

Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the

communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community

improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational

Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more

than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our

communities better places to live. To learn more, visit and


Teen Opportunity PMA

May 18, 2016

­Portland Museum of Art (PMA)

The PMA has an interesting summer fellowship position available for a teenager. The position lasts 7 weeks, for a total of approximately 105 hours, July 11 to August 26. If you are an educator who knows of a student who may be interested in this type of opportunity please share this link with them and encourage them to apply. 

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Position: Homer High School Fellow

Department: Learning and Interpretation

Division: Audience Engagement and Communications

Reports To: Associate Educator for Youth Learning


Under the general supervision of the Associate Educator for Youth Learning, this position offers high school students the opportunity to learn about the museum profession through the development of youth and teen programs. This seven-week fellowship program is designed to foster creative thinking, to build community, and to use the PMA collection for inspiration and idea building. The Homer High School Fellow will be one of eight fellows who will collaborate on projects and programs.


  • Creates new ways for teen audiences to engage with the museum and its works of art through the creation of interpretative materials and programs.
  • Participates in discussions about ways in which PMA programming could attract teen audiences.
  • Assists Learning and Interpretation staff in design and execution of drop-in art activities for youth, teen, and family audiences.
  • Attends PMA public programs (artist and curator talks, daily tours, etc.) to learn about the museum’s collection and exhibitions and to better understand how the museum makes the collection and exhibitions accessible to the public.
  • Participates in visits to working artists’ studios and the National Convening for Teens in the Arts at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.
  • Participates in a visit to the Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck to learn about the importance of place in Homer’s work, and to link the process of observing with the process of creating.
  • Works on special projects in the Learning and Interpretation department with museum staff serving as mentors.
  • Complies with all Portland Museum of Art safety rules and procedures.
  • Regular attendance at the workplace is required.




Applicants must be rising high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors.


  • A high school student highly motivated in the visual arts.
  • Comfortable working with museum visitors of all ages, including children, teens, and adults.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively with coworkers and a variety of individuals contacted in the course of work.
  • Interest in working with children.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.
  • Ability to obtain a work permit if under 16 years old.

Internship Period and Hours

Tentatively July 11 through August 26, 2016

The Homer High School Fellows will work at the PMA and offsite daily for a total of approximately 105 hours. Tentatively, five hours a day for three days a week. Some weekend and evening hours required.


A majority of the work is performed in a museum or gallery setting or in a normal office environment not subject to extremes of noise, temperature, odor, etc. Operates computer, printer, photocopier, and other office equipment. Uses various hand tools, art supplies, and paper cutters. Local and regional travel required.


The Homer High School Fellow position is a temporary part-time, hourly, non-exempt, employment-at-will position. Work is tentatively scheduled for July 11, 2016 – August 26, 2016, the specific schedule to be determined. The Homer High School Fellows will work at the PMA and offsite daily for a total of approximately 105 hours. Tentatively, five hours a day for three days a week. Some weekend and evening hours required.


Please submit completed PMA Application for Employment and Supplementary application for Homer High School Fellows (available at the website) to or mail to Business Manager, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, ME 04101. The deadline for applications is June 5, 2016.

The Portland Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, status as a whistleblower, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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