Schools & Community Working Together to Benefit Young People
Businesses and organizations in Lewiston support young people, learning, and the schools. Lewiston Public Schools values forging partnerships with the community.
Through Adopt-a-School programs, local businesses have developed a supportive working relationship with each of our schools. Businesses that adopt a school work with teachers, administrators, students, and others to enhance the overall educational experience for children.
The Geiger partnership with Montello School was established during the 1988-89 school year. After 24 years, the program continues to encourage students to do their personal best. The program provides resources to assist teachers with their important work. Geiger associates give their time to make the partnership vibrant. Many of the activities include mentoring students benefiting from a caring adult, being “active listeners” to first grade students’ eager to improving reading skills. Other associates teach JA classes in many grade levels. Gifts are provided to students making the Honor Roll and they host a special ceremony celebrate those students who exhibit the greatest growth in math during the year. The cornerstone project is called the Night of the Stars. Student writers are recognized at an “Oscar style” event complete with limo, media, red carpet and on stage presentation. A scholarship fund for Montello/ High School graduates was established by Mr. Geiger to assistant with college tuition starting with the class of 2014. The program continues to evolve with the needs of the students and the staff.
At any given time, Lewiston Regional Technical Center is working in active partnership with roughly a dozen local businesses to provide community-based training and experiences to students. Prominent among these partners have been Central Maine Medical Center, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, the Maine Army National Guard, Androscoggin Bank, and the Sun Journal.
Lewiston Public Schools' partnership with Bates College brings over 150 college students into our schools every year to mentor students, to assist teachers and coaches, and to undertake special projects with children. Grants received by the college have provided professional development and support for our teachers; program enrichment in writing, the arts, and the sciences; and new books and science equipment for classrooms. Programs developed through this partnership, such as America Reads and Kids Plus, have received national recognition for their excellence.
We believe that service and the development of good citizenship are important aspects of education. A three-year grant from the KIDS Consortium allowed us to develop interdisciplinary service-learning projects in many of elementary-, middle-, and high-school classes, enabling students to undertake several major projects with the city. Based on their studies, students made recommendations to Lewiston officials about the development of Franklin Pasture, No Name Pond, and the Bates Mill. They have also participated in a project to preserve our local heritage.