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Sharon Abrams Teen Parent School Successes & News
Current Student Success Story
Allison G. is a very hard working and committed student, teen parent and athlete, driving 45 minutes to and from school each day. In December, she received her adult education credit.
In January, Allison participated in the KVAC Cheering Championship with the Waterville High School cheering team, coming in sixth overall and advancing to the regionals. The cheering team was also honored with the Jamie Beth Shible Award for most improved team. Allison and her team then competed at the Regional Cheering Competition in Bangor on January 28 and placed seventh overall, missing advancing to states by only ½ of a point.
Allison with her son, Kadin.
Adult/Child and Infant CPR and Choking Class
Later this month, Kelly Roderick, a certified American Heart Association (AMA) CPR instructor, will graciously volunteer her time to certify the Teen Parent students in HeartSaver Adult/Child and Infant CPR and Choking.
Kelly works as a trainer for Atlantic Partners EMS and has offered her services on two different days to teach our teen parents these critical safety skills. The Friends of Maine Children's Home will be purchasing the AHA instruction manuals needed for the class and certification cards. The Teen Parent School Program would like to thank Kelly and the Friends for this very generous and important donation.
News from The Children's Place Early Care & Education Center
Literacy at The Children's Place
What was your favorite book as a child - Goodnight Moon? Pat the Bunny? The Very Hungry Caterpillar?
What about a song - Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star? The Itsy Bitsy Spider? Head and Shoulders, Knees & Toes?
We know that literacy begins at birth. As an infant hears sounds, responds to gestures and tunes in to the oral language from his/her responsive adults, the baby's growing brain is stimulated. Reading books is a perfect tool to help with this brain stimulation. Reading with infants and young children not only strengthens the foundation for developing literacy skills (supporting school readiness), but is also a good start toward a lifelong love of reading.
The Children's Place Early Care & Education Center recently held a family literacy night. Families joined their infants, toddlers and preschoolers in their classrooms to explore activities focused on favorite children's books. The evening was a resounding success!
For more information about literacy, check out these tips for reading with young children:
Reading tips for babies
Reading tips for toddlers
Reading tips for preschoolers
New Outpatient Support in Skowhegan
The Maine Children's Home's Counseling Center has an exciting opportunity to provide outpatient counseling to students at North Elementary School in Skowhegan! Lacey Audet, LMSW-C, will provide counseling services one day a week at North Elementary, with a potential for expanding her time there as needs increase in the future. Lacey is really pleased to be able to provide therapy to this group of kindergarten students and has her play therapy 'travel kit' all packed and ready to go!
This is a new collaborative relationship between Maine Children's Home and North Elementary School - RSU#54, and we are very glad that the Skowhegan School District is giving us the opportunity to provide counseling services to young children who may otherwise not have the ability to get to a counseling center or agency.
Annual Wine Tasting
Thursday, April 20, 6 - 8 p.m.
T&B's Celebration Center, Waterville
Join us for our popular wine tasting tour with Bob Roy from Pine State Trading. Kick back, unwind after work, and mingle with other proud supporters of The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers.
The wine tasting will take place at 6 p.m. at the T&B Event Center, 6 Jefferson Street in Waterville.
Tickets are $35 and are available at the administrative and development offices at The Maine Children's Home campus at 93 Silver Street, Waterville, or by calling 872-0261. We accept MasterCard and Visa over the phone.
Tickets include two elegant Riedel wine glasses and hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and silent auction.
Riedel Wine Glasses Sponsor - Bangor Savings Bank
Wine Sponsor - Golden Pond Wealth Management
Here are some other activities to put on your calendar:
- Easter Egg Hunt - April 15
- Friends Yard Sale - June 3
Marden's Customers & the Little Red Stocking Donations
The 14 Marden's stores across Maine have been selling "Little Red Stockings" from November 1 to Christmas Eve for the past 11 years.
In 2016, the stores and the Marden family set a new record by donating $60,975 to The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers.
The Marden's Little Red Stocking Campaign is now our largest fundraising effort. We are very grateful to the generous Marden's customers and employees and the Marden family.