Like many Maine high schools, Oak Hill High School is a regional school serving students from three different towns: Wales, Litchfield and Sabattus. Asking students to make “local community grants” isn’t as simple as it sounds because “local” isn’t the same for everyone.
As they distributed rfp’s this year, Ms. Bourassa’s students deliberately focused upon nonprofits that meet needs in each of the school’s hometowns. Ultimately, they decided to fund a safety net program, Loaves & Fishes food bank, run by the Dominican Sisters convent in Sabattus.
According to senior Gabby Pinard, “Loaves & Fishes serves all three towns; they provide Thanksgiving baskets and as they said in the presentation they did for us, they are there for anyone who needs help.”
JMG students are also looking forward to an annual volunteer opportunity with Loaves &Fishes to serve meals to local seniors as part of their JOY program.