Schools in Maine, a state with vast space, more wildlife than people.
The wide open expanses make holding down expenses for providing a quality education a challenge in all parts of rural, lightly populated Maine.
And when a family is raised, educated in one of our many small Maine rural towns, the schooling is not just the buzz out in the halls, on the sporting field. Or up on the musical or theatre stage, in the arena or played out until the buzzer sounds in the gym.
The educational stream is not just received sitting, absorbing at the classroom desks of higher learning for Maine students either.
The Maine village helps raise the kids. The support comes out in the community, from the parents partnering at home. Mentors are your relatives, your parent's classmate, neighbors, town leaders, little league coach, Sunday school teacher.
Setting examples out in the local communities to guide and shape the young minds. To teach work ethic, postive attitudes, to create a skill set and build fierce pride in where they come from in Maine.
That is so important to a student's self esteem. To learn gratitude, to volunteer and consider we have to work together to achieve amazing results.
Getting an education, preparing the students with skills needed to survive, prosper and the encouragement to give back to the community where they live, work and play is what Maine healthy living is all about.