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The Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel (EFKA) announced that it has reached the one million-dollar mark in grants awarded to the students and teachers of RSU21. Grant funds are provided for student enrichment and professional development. Due to donations and sponsorships during the past 12 years, $1 million has been invested in the schools, educators and children of RSU21.

In 2005, Ted Damon, a retired business executive who had worked with students for many years, watched as all field trips in the Kennebunk school district, then MSAD 71, were canceled due to lack of funds. He began looking into a way to help the district, researching education foundations around the country. He enrolled as a freshman at Kennebunk High School for a school year, taking classes, reading books and engaging in classroom discussions. He talked with teachers, compiled their wish list and then surrounded himself with people who could make a difference.

In that first year the foundation’s board of directors contributed a total of $20,000. The first grant awarded was used to send 230 freshmen from Kennebunk High School to simulate a space mission at the Challenger Learning Center in Bangor. The students spent three days using science, math, and teamwork to solve problems.

“MSK parents will be familiar with the 7th Grade trip to the Leadership School at Camp Kieve, the Telling Room and Econobunk,” said foundation president James Read. “At the elementary school level, we support the fourth and fifth grade arts festival, Lego Robotics and have provided 3D printers for each school. Our high school programs include sponsoring a band/choral trip to New York City, a CNC router for the STEM lab and robotics.”

Any student, teacher or administrator may submit an application. Funded projects must be carried out in alignment with the RSU 21 school system and have approval of the principal of each involved school. Each month the Grant Committee meets to discuss grants with applicants. Their recommendations then go before the foundation board of directors. The foundation is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff and no office space.

“I’m very happy to say thank you to so many supporters.,” Damon said. “The teachers, the kids, are thrilled with so many of the programs we provide. And all of the funding essentially comes from individuals in the local community. Thank you.”

It’s time to welcome the faeries back to Kennebunk Free Library. Join the library on May 5 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for faerie crafts, games and fun. Certificates for faeries houses will be awarded at 10 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear faerie finery.

No Strings Attached welcomes string players who want to play music with an informal group simply for the joy of it. Repertoire ranges from medium easy to medium advanced. Members include recent beginners and those who played earlier in life and are starting up again, to lifelong dedicated amateurs and a few pros.

In the exhibition, visitors will discover the many societal changes that America experienced before and after World War I, including discussions of race, immigration, women’s roles and growth of the military and federal government in the early 20th century. Objects featured in the exhibition include military uniforms, propaganda posters, household items and archival material relating to the war.

The outdoor exhibition will be a much smaller version of 2014’s Tower of London poppy display. Metal poppies will be installed throughout the lawn to honor or memorialize loved ones. Visitors can sponsor a poppy for $25, which will be named and installed in the display until November 2018. The poppy will then be returned to the visitor to use in his/her own garden.

Kennebunk Land Trust’s 18th annual auction is scheduled for Friday, May 4 at 6 p.m. The auction features Kentucky Derby themed hors d’oeuvres as well as a signature cocktail. Live music from the Dock Squares will create a fun atmosphere for the evening.

The auction, the trust’s largest fundraiser of the year, will take place at Johnson Hall Museum, 2713 Post Road, Wells, ME 04090. To view a sampling of auction items, purchase tickets for the auction, register for mobile bidding and view the list of sponsors, visit