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JMG’s annual Giving Tree at China Schools received a generous gift from the Dunkin’ on Western Ave in Augusta. Kelsey Morin, a China Middle School parent and manager at Dunkin organized the efforts. Kelsey added, “each year my team and I give up all our tips for a week and ask customers to donate change to help us get Christmas presents for people in need. We set a goal of $600 and came out at $606. All of the money was spent on gifts for China Schools Giving Tree.
At the beginning of November, China Middle School JMG organized its first Veterans Day Assembly to honor local veterans. Student leaders had the opportunity to introduce the veterans including Keith Morin (Navy), Bob Bennett (Army), Jim Isgro (Army) and Jesse Ridgeway (Coast Guard).
The veterans all spoke about their service experiences and offered insights about Bootcamp, traveling around the world, and the importance of developing everyday skills like communication and teamwork. They all spoke highly of their service and the critical need to give back to the community.
Many CMS Students helped make the recognition special by creating posters and cards to thank the veterans for their service. JMG hopes to make this an annual CMS tradition.
JMG organized a First Responder Celebration Day at CMS on Monday, October 28. We had the opportunity to celebrate the service of our local responders as students lined the hallways cheering on the responders as they entered the building. We then gathered in the library where each responder spoke about their career path and the critical need for our young people to explore careers within public service. Eighth graders Kaylee Fyfe and Alexia McDonald highlighted the important role of a dispatcher, “first responders wouldn’t know where to go without their communication.” Professionals representing the following agencies joined us for the event;
Game Warden Service – David Ross, Mikael Nunez – Maine State Police, Shawn Porter – Maine State Police with K-9 Myka, Dan Brockway – Delta Ambulance, Michelle Grass – Delta Ambulance, Tim Theriault – Chief China Village Fire Dept., Ivano Stefanizzi – Kennebec County Sheriff Dept., DeeDee Roberge – Dispatcher Maine Dept. of Public Safety , Peggy Barrett – Dispatcher Maine Dept. of Public Safety, Bill Van Winkler – Chief Weeks Mills Fire Dept. , Shawn O’Leary – Chief Winslow Police Dept., Tracey Frost – Oakland Police Dept. and SRO RSU18
What is JMG?
Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) partners with public education and private businesses to offer results-driven solutions to ensure all Maine students graduate, attain post-secondary credentials and pursue meaningful careers. JMG is a collaborator with each of its strategic partners and partnering schools, tailoring its role to support individual curriculum, cultures, and offerings by filling voids and gaps that existing resources can’t meet. All work together in moving students forward and celebrating shared achievements.
JMG is the only nonprofit in Maine offering a continuum of support to help students transition from middle school through high school graduation, on to post-secondary education, through degree attainment and connections to successful career pathways. If you would like more information about participating in JMG please contact Ryan Sweeney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 445-1500.