RANGELEY — The Rangeley Friends of the Arts Creative After School Arts (CASA) Program encourages responsible citizenship. At the root of that lesson are good deeds in action.

The students in the program have first chosen as a mission to employ the basic principles of sustainable enterprise to support the Franklin County Animal Shelter. CASA students will host a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Lakeside Theater during the annual Mountain Holly Days.

The business model has been to work with basic supplies, to recycle materials and uncover opportunities to repurpose items to keep costs minimal and give the students an imaginative, self-directed experience.

The students were encouraged to recruit help, ask for donations, promote the fundraiser and have ownership of every detail. It has also been an artistic outlet and a character-building opportunity.

A hand-painted rock series can serve as weights for desktops and tarps, as gifts, worry stones and inspiration. There will also be handmade Christmas crafts, snow globes, fragrant sachets and baked items.

The students will also collect linens, towels, pet collars, leashes and pet toys, as well as cash/check donations. The focus is to allow the students to have ownership of the effort, with support and encouragement from CASA volunteers and staff.


Individual donations of sewing, baking and crafts are welcome. Bring contributions to the theater before 10 a.m. Dec. 9. All creative abilities are welcome.

FMI on CASA: rangeleyarts.org and click on the “CASA” tab. To have a child in grades six to 12 attend the free program, stop by the theater for a CASA registration form.

The program is supported by the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, the Simon Family Fund, the Maine Community Foundation, Franklin Savings Bank, Dallas Plantation, Rangeley Plantation and private donations.

FMI: 207-864-5000, rangeleyarts@gmail.com.

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