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Kindness Day

Kindness Day

Mahoney Middle School held a special "Kindness Day" yesterday, featuring a presentation by Michael J. Chase, founder of The Kindness Center.  My son loved the event, and it's very apparent that he and his friends got a lot out of it.

On days that school is a "half-day," many Mahoney students like to eat/shop/hang out in the Millcreek area (hopefully the merchants and others enjoy their presence!).  Yesterday was no different.  My son and eight of his friends went out to lunch.  But they still had Kindness Day on their minds.  They decided to do something kind for each other: each one of them went into the stores there and bought nine identical items, one to give away to each boy in the group.  Silly sunglasses, bandannas, candy, sports drinks....

Kim Campbell receives the 2012 Ge Erskine ‘Can Do’ Award

Kim Campbell receives the 2012 Ge Erskine ‘Can Do’ Award

At the city of South Portland’s annual employee recognition breakfast on November 28, Kim Campbell was honored with the "Ge Erskine ‘Can Do’ Award", given to a city employee who deals with difficult challenges at work while maintaining a positive attitude.

Campbell, who began working for the South Portland Public Library nearly ten years ago, as an on-call, substitute employee, has steadily increased her responsibilities and grown her skills, and was recently promoted to the position of Head of Youth Services.

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L.L.Bean Commits $150,000 to Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

L.L.Bean Commits $150,000 to Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

Freeport, ME., November 6, 2012 – L.L.Bean announced today a $150,000 commitment to relief efforts for children and families severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy.   Funds are being donated to Save the Children, an organization that provides families with food, supplies and medical care and helps communities rebuild through long-term recovery programs. 

Hurricane Sandy forced many families, including thousands of children, to flee their homes and seek refuge in shelters, according to reports by the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA).  Save the Children, working with FEMA, the Red Cross, the city of New York and other partners, is creating safe play areas to help children begin to recover from disaster-induced emotional distress.