Archive for May 3rd, 2021

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Happpppppy Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3, 2021

May 3-7, 2021

During the last year teachers have probably faced enormous challenges – the most difficult of their career. It’s Teacher Appreciation Week so I’m taking a moment to stop and THANK YOU for all of the moments you have leaned in and did what you needed to do. We know at the heart of your work are students. They are so fortunate!

Since 1984, National PTA has designated one week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, you have worked hard to ensure every student has a quality arts education. I know that you’ll continue to do an amazing job despite the challenges.

 

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National Junior Duck Stamp Art

May 3, 2021

Biddeford 12 year old

Ariah Lowell, 12, of Biddeford, takes top honors in the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest for her painting of a Harlequin Duck. Courtesy photo

A Harlequin Duck painted in oils by a Biddeford 12 year old, Aria Lowell, took third place in the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. More than 400 Maine students in grades K-12 submitted art work this year. The program is coordinated in state by the Maine Audubon and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Aria received Best in Show in Maine and went on to the national level representing Maine.

This “conservation through the arts” program uses the winning artwork as the basis for the $5 Junior Duck Stamp. Revenue supports environmental education activities for participants. encourages students to explore their natural world, invites them to investigate biology and wildlife management principles, and challenges them to express and share what they have learned with others. Nearly 9,000 students took part in the program nationwide this year. To learn more CLICK HERE.

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