LEWISTON — Androscoggin Bank leaders recently announced the recipients of the bank’s biannual grant awards by Greater Giving, a community impact program launched last year to support organizations that benefit the community through economic development, education or the arts.

Four of the five awards were made to organizations in Lewiston-Auburn or the tri-county region. They were:

• Auburn Public Library: $1,830, to fund the creation of a literacy program in the Androscoggin County Jail to encourage incarcerated parents to bond with their children through reading and to improve the literacy skills of both parent and child.

• Center for Wisdom’s Women in Lewiston: $2,500, to help the organization move its fledgling urban gardening social enterprise from phase one, a startup experimental period, to phase two, a marketing stage with the goal of having products for sale by the Maine Department of Agriculture by the end of 2017.

• Lewiston public schools: $670 to Mike McGraw, biology teacher at Lewiston High School, to fund a field trip to Morse Mountain Conservatory in Phippsburg for high school sophomores.

• Wayfinder School in New Gloucester: $2,500, to support Wayfinder School’s two core programs: a nine-month residential program and a home-based Passages program for teen parents. The alternative high school serves at-risk youth and teen parents throughout Maine.


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