We were thrilled to talk with Lorry Fleming, Coastal Journal Contributor, about our history, mission, fundraising plans and exciting projects from 2015. Some of our favorite quotes from the resulting article were from our teachers, such as Coffin’s Eric Funderburk, who received $1,000 for books and Brunswick Junior High’s Carla Shaw, who received $2,400 for her team”s expeditionary unit.
“Books have always been a costly expense … teachers are always looking for quality texts for their classroom libraries,” Funderburk said. “Considering the need to integrate literacy with content areas, this was an ideal place to start. I picked books that were age appropriate, and proposed that we get informational texts that were directly linked to our social studies and science curriculum, with enough books for every classroom in our first grade and multi-age (first/second grade) classrooms. I’m optimistic that these books will be used for years to come, which will translate to over 1,000 different children having access to these books over a five-year span.”
“The Connect to Casco Bay expeditionary unit ran from mid-May to mid-June,” Shaw said. “The BCEF made it possible for our students to do hands-on research and experiments, and become involved with and aware of the delicate balance of our relationship with Casco Bay.”