STONEHAM – More than 300 students and 75 volunteer parents and teachers from two Lisbon elementary schools attended Camp Susan Curtis recently to participate in activities and programming designed to allow students and adults from both schools to join in preparation for next school year.

In the fall Lisbon Elementary School and Marion T. Morse Elementary will close their doors and join as one in the new Lisbon Community School. The school and community center will be the focus of many educational and community activities.

Students, teachers and parents participated in programming such as a rope course, hiking, orienteering, theater games, group challenge activities, canoeing, water ecology and nature study.

Said one teacher, “Just being allowed to get out of the classroom and work with parents and students together in team oriented environment really brings out the strengths in our community and sets great expectations for next school year.”

Every summer more than 550 economically disadvantaged Maine children ages 8 to 15 attend Camp Susan Curtis tuition-free based on recommendations from guidance counselors and teachers at their school.

The camp offers traditional two-week camping for children ages 8 to 12, a four-week leadership program for at-risk teens ages 13 and 14 and a nine-week career training program for ages 15 and 16.

The camp is funded by individuals, businesses and community groups that help sponsor children from their communities. Eleven economically disadvantaged children from Lisbon will attend Camp Susan Curtis this summer.

Proceeds from the Lisbon Adventure Camp were given back and used to help support six of the 11 children to attend camp.

Said Camp Director Pat Carson, “This was a great way for our charitable organization to team together with two schools and a community in support of their transition that will greatly benefit Lisbon kids. Plus we had a great time doing it.”

For more information about the camp and the Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation, visit the Web site at or call Brenda Fountain at 774-1552.

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