LISBON — Students from three Lisbon schools impressed the School Committee on Monday night with the many activities they are working on.

The committee responded with praise.

Natalie Thompson, a senior at Lisbon High School, said the Jobs for Maine Graduates program at the high school school and the Philip W. Sugg Middle School will host a Wellness Fair on March 9. The focus will be on career paths in wellness, and how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Jobs for Maine Graduates members will attend a career conference on March 29 at Thomas College, Co-president Alyssa Finley said. Students will compete in job skills.

Jobs for Maine Graduates member Jennifer Violet said the group gave $1,000 to Big Brothers and Big Sisters and is working on a project that will build homes in Zimbabwe.
A survey on bullying was given to students, Thompson said. Security cameras were installed in problem areas, Superintendent Richard Green said. He asked if areas had been identified in the survey. 
School Committee Chairwoman Traci Austin said she was interested in seeing the results of the survey.
Students are also working on philanthropic projects, including researching grants for nonprofits that help students.
Students are also going through the grant-writing process, Justin Ell said.

“You guys are all three steps ahead of people just starting college,” School Committee Vice Chairwoman Kathi Yergin said.

Three members of the Pay It Forward Club at Lisbon Community School also made a presentation to the School Committee.
The idea for the club came from a book, Chase Mailhot, a representative of the club, said. The concept centers on a boy named Trevor who sets out to do an extra credit report. Trevor’s project is to come up with an idea that would benefit humanity. His idea is to do three nice things for three people, who in turn are to do something nice for three people and so on. In seven weeks the whole world would be benefit, he said.
The club is also looking at doing a food drive this month, Aija Wight, fundraising adviser, said.
The president of the club, Haley-Jane Tuplan, said she intends to increase membership. The club recently held a teddy bear drive for Toys for Tots. 
“It was the talk of the town,” Yergin said.
“You guys are doing a tremendous job,” Austin said.
In other business, a bus lease payment is coming off the books this year, Green said. He recommends the committee use the money to lease or purchase a new bus.
Green said he has applied to the state for money to help pay for the bus, however, if it is not approved, the committee needs to consider purchasing one. 
“We’re spending a lot on repairs now for body work, not just gas, he said. “We need to get on a cycle now,” so we don’t end up having to purchase five buses in one year like before, he said.

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