JACKMAN — Forest Hills School has been awarded more grants to help its students grow up healthy in their bodies and minds.

Laura Allen, Farm-to-School grant manager, was successful in obtaining $420 in funding for the school from the Move More Kids Vegetable Garden mini-grant. These funds will provide for the lumber and lighting fixtures for inside grow tables, according to a news release. This grant is made possible by the Greater Somerset Public Health Collaborative and is overseen by Denise Robinson, who is their Nutrition Program coordinator.

Forest Hills also received the MELMAC Connect Aspirations to a Plan implementation grant. The grant will provide $21,000 over the next four years to help students develop better plans for their college and career aspirations. The funds will be used for work with eighth graders, improving SAT scores, visiting colleges, improving understanding of financial aid, promoting early college opportunities, improving the transition from high school to college/career and engaging parents in the process, according to the release.

The College and Career Aspirations Team (Kasey Gilbert, Sarah Rohr, Alan Duplessis, Chelsea Hall, Kate Wolf, Anthony Amero, Anne Duplessis, Andy McKendry, Samantha Begin, Tanner Daigle, Elise McKendry, Princeton Earle, Denise Plante and the MELMAC coach, Alisa Johnson) was responsible for obtaining this grant and for the beginning development of the Plan2GoNow kindergarten through 12th grade planning document. A Team members Kasey Gilbert and Kate Wolf recently facilitated a small schools forum at the Maine College Access Network and MELMAC conference at Husson University.

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