TOPSHAM – The Mt. Ararat High School Civil Rights Team recently joined a list of groups to utilize the SunriseGuide, a new book that is sparking a fundraising trend across southern Maine.

A 130-page coupon book, the SunriseGuide educates communities about environmentally friendly living and promotes local businesses while raising funds for local organizations and schools. With each book sold, Mt. Ararat’s Civil Rights Team keeps a portion of the profits.

Members of the Civil Rights Team Sarah Ward and Elizabeth White said, “We are raising money for our team, but we are also raising awareness about living a healthier and eco-friendly life, which everyone can benefit from.”

The SunriseGuide carries coupons for locally-operated businesses that promote eco-friendly living. Organizations sell the books to the public for $20 and retain 40 to 50 percent of the profits for their cause.

Heather Chandler is founder of the SunriseGuide. Published annually, it is available online, at local retail outlets and through several fundraising drives. To purchase a SunriseGuide to benefit Mt. Ararat’s Civil Rights Team, contact Gillian Watt at [email protected] For a listing of participating retailers and fund drives, visit

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