Video: National Award to Portland Public Schools’ Program “Make It Happen!”

The Portland Public Schools, with its Make It Happen! program, was announced as a Grand Prize winner in the National School Boards Association (NSBA) 2021 Magna Awards program. The below video was created to celebrate Make it Happen! and the accomplishments of all the multilingual students participating in the program.  

FPPS Food Fund Grants Build Community Food Security

The Portland Public Schools (PPS) Food Fund gives community members the opportunity to invest in projects that build food security for PPS students and their families. Food Fuels Learning (FFL) just completed its fifth round of Food Fund grants which went to five inspiring projects. “Food Brigade,” received $2,500 to assist in serving over 500 […]

Rippleffect working to get kids outside this spring

The pandemic has meant Rippleffect’s Cow Island is off limits, forcing the Portland-based organization to shift its programming. After a summer and fall of programming pivots due to the pandemic, Rippleffect is planning to get creative again to get Portland middle school students outside this spring. The nonprofit organization will get students outdoors and physically […]

Meet Eloise!

Eloise Colhoun is a twelve-year-old, sixth grade student at the Friends School of Portland. Over Thanksgiving break, she and her dad watched a video of huge lines of people lined up for Thanksgiving meals. Eloise was profoundly affected by the scene and decided to take action to address food insecurity in her own community. She […]

Edward H Daveis Benevolent Fund Grant Received

The Foundation for Portland Public Schools received a grant from the Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. With these funds, the Portland Public Schools PreK program will create an interactive, multilingual video resource for families to learn strategies of how to support their children at home around the Maine Early Learning […]