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Casco Bay students compete for $1,000 grant for the developing world

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    Ben Smith

Casco Bay High School students are competing for a $1,000 grant, but they know the stakes are much higher.

Sixty-two sophomores presented proposals Thursday to use the money to address problems in the developing world such as hunger, disease, poverty and lack of education. They raised the money themselves, by holding a Halloween dance.


Jolwes Phanard makes his presentation for his chosen nonprofit agency to his peers, two judges, and two teachers during the Casco Bay High School sophomore grant proposal presentations event Thursday. Phanard talked about the need to investigate labor abuses in China.

Their proposals, developed as an Expeditionary Learning project, were judged by teams of grant-writing and philanthropy experts, who selected five finalists to continue in the competition. The students will vote for a winner next week.


Alexandra Cowen, left, and Kate Schrock ask questions of the presenters as they judge one of many Casco Bay High School sophomore grant proposal presentations Thursday. “This pushes students to think about the world beyond Portland,” Cowen said.

Read the full article from the Portland Press Herald here