NORTH ANSON – Skowhegan Elementary school students in North Anson will experience a bit more holiday joy thanks to the work of Carrabec High School Jobs for Maine’s Graduates students and the help of the Maine Army National Guard. High school students who are part of the JMG program at Carrabec made it their mission to raise money to buy toys for less fortunate students in the elementary school.

Donations were collected from other students and the staff at Carrabec High School and the JMG group has raised approximately $1,200 to buy toys. When the JMG students called the Army National Guard to ask for a donation, they got even more than they were expecting. Members of the Guard offered to donate more toys, help shop and help wrap the gifts.

Thirty JMG students and Guard members shopped for gifts and the Guard transported the unwrapped toys and students to the Skowhegan Armory. Students and Guard members listened to holiday music and videos while they wrapped gifts. The Guard also provided the students with pizza, soda and chips.

The Guard transported the gifts and students back to Carrabec High School. On Monday an assembly was held at the high school to display the gifts and thank the student body.

Carrabec High School is one of the more than 50 school-based sites in the state with JMG programs. JMG is serving approximately 2,500 students a year statewide. A critical component of the JMG curriculum is community service learning. For more information about JMG or the project, contact Maureen Duggan at 512-0540 or e-mail [email protected]

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