HINCKLEY — The Maine Academy of Natural Sciences has received a $5,600 grant from the Western Mountains Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to purchase laptops for its Threshold Program, according to a news release from foundation.

Threshold is a new program that will commence this September as a part of Maine’s first charter high school, MeANS. The program will allow those that are pregnant, parenting or suffering from emotional/physical challenges, that make it difficult to attend school, an opportunity to re-engage with their education and earn their high school education.

Laptops will play a vital role in their learning, because most of the work and communications will come from the student’s home. A teacher will visit participating students weekly and provide them the resources needed to pursue their high school education.

“We are very excited to get Threshold going as there is a tremendous need for a program of this kind in our area,” said Emanuel Pariser, program designer, according to the release. Principal Tonya Arnold said, “I am thrilled to be able to offer more opportunities to more students, this is what MeANS is all about,” according to the release.

Ten students have been accepted into the program to date and there are 10 more positions available. For more information or to receive a brochure, contact Lisa Sandy, director of admissions, at [email protected] or 234-4034.

The Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partner to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.mainecf.org.

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