BRUNWSICK — Teens To Trails, or T3, has announced this year’s Outing Club grant recipients from high schools across the state. Grant awards were made to Bangor High School, Baxter Academy of Science and Technology, Deering High School, Maine Academy of Natural Sciences, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, Portland High School, Sacopee Valley High School and South Portland High School.

With this year’s awards T3 has now supported 50 different schools with 77 grants totaling almost $37,000 thanks to the support of Maine businesses and foundations as well as many heartfelt personal donations.

“High school Outing Clubs are the most effective way we have found for engaging teens in their natural world, with the potential to make fun, safe, outdoor experiences accessible to every Maine student,” said Carol Leone, Teens To Trails founder.

This year, assistance with transportation costs will help to eliminate one huge hurdle these schools face in getting their students outdoors. Funds will also be used to ensure that all students are able to participate in the clubs’ activities regardless of their financial situation.

In addition, these grants will allow Outing Clubs to purchase needed outdoor gear and clothing, obtain safety training for leaders and cover recreational fees.

T3’s goal is to establish an Outing Club in every Maine high school community, thereby promoting fun outdoor adventures, healthy lifestyles and environmental stewardship. For more information on the Grants-to-Clubs program and Teens To Trails, visit www.TeensToTrails.org.


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