Fundraisers are coming up in the weeks ahead for the Courageous Steps Project, the program started by recent Old Town High School graduate Connor Archer in 2013 to raise awareness of learning disabilities that affect children.

On Thursday, Aug. 4 the back-to-school drive will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. At the Governor’s Restaurant in Old Town. All donations of supplies, as well as monetary donations, will support local children heading back to school.

“Last year twelve schools received boxes from the drive,” said Archer. “This year, I am hoping to give to those many schools, if not more. That day, Governor’s will also be opening up their ice cream stand selling cones for $1.99. All those proceeds will benefit this year’s drive.”

Archer added that Courageous Steps has partnered with many local businesses once again to have drop off locations for supplies, so if you can’t make it to the drive, or want to donate supplies sooner, you can drop off your supplies at the following locations: Old Town Recreation Center; Old Town Public Library; Old Town-Orono YMCA; Bangor Savings Bank (Old Town branch); Bangor Savings Bank (Orono branch); Penobscot County Federal Credit Union (Old Town branch); Orono Public Library; Green House Nursery School; the Governor’s Restaurant (from July 28 through August 5); and Hannaford SuperMarket (Old Town). Bins also will be out until Friday August 12 at these locations.

“We have also partnered with the Old Town Recreation Center once again, as they will bring volunteers from their older leaders group, to help the cause,” said Archer. :This is a great opportunity for them to see how a fundraiser like this can run, and hopefully will inspire them to do something like this in the future.”

Other fundraisers coming up for The Courageous Steps Project in August as well. One of them includes a catalog fundraiser sponsored by Thirty One, company that is known for it’s tote bags. 20 to 25 percent of the proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit Courageous Steps endeavors. Please to find the Courageous Steps Project link from Aug. 1-10; on Aug. 10, items will be set up at the Brewer Dunkin Donuts on State Street in Brewer. For more details, please visit the Courageous Steps Project’s website If you want catalog, please contact Connor Archer

Also, there will be a benefit dinner at the Governor’s Restaurant in Old Town from 4-8 p.m. On Tuesday August 9. 10 percent of the proceeds will benefit Courageous Steps endeavors. T-shirts will also be for sale, and catalogs will be available for the Thirty One fundraiser.

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