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Bangor Savings Bank Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to SERC Institute

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BANGOR, Maine — Recently the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation awarded the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) Institute a grant of $5,000 to engage underserved children and families on the Schoodic Peninsula and in Downeast Maine. Working in partnership with Acadia National Park, SERC Institute has developed new programs including classroom visits, workshops, lectures, and special events.

“This grant award from our Foundation to Schoodic Education and Research Center Institute signifies our commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve by supporting organizations such as SERC Institute,” said Sheryl Edgecomb, Vice President and Branch Manager of Bangor Savings Bank’s Ellsworth branch. SERC Institute President and CEO, Dr. Michael Soukup, noted, “With this funding from Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, we are able to reach kids in our region who might not ordinarily have the experiences and learning opportunities in nature with science that SERC provides. We look forward to visiting schools and having students spend time on our campus – immersed in nature, learning, and adventure.”

SERC Institute is planning a special day of science, art, and fun for children participating in the EdGE program of the Sea Coast Mission in Cherryfield. Approximately 60 Washington County students will spend one day of the February vacation on the SERC campus, participating in activities, learning about the area, and enjoying healthy food and snacks. Each child will be given an Acadia National Park backpack filled with items to take home.

In April, SERC Institute and Acadia National Park will join together and present a full afternoon of fun and learning as part of National Junior Ranger Day. Last year, the first year the program was presented in the Schoodic district of Acadia National Park, over 30 people enjoyed a series of activities designed for especially for families. This year, with the campus finished and with funding from Bangor Savings Bank, the activity will grow and spread over several locations at SERC, with activities led by SERC Institute staff, Acadia National Park rangers, and volunteers.

In addition to these full day events, the grant will allow SERC Institute to bring programs through June into classrooms in Washington and Hancock counties with no charge to the schools.

Bangor Savings Bank, with more than $2.5 billion in assets, offers retail banking and investment management services to Maine consumers as well as comprehensive commercial, corporate, payroll administration, insurance, and small business banking services to Maine businesses. The Bank, founded in 1852, is in its 159th year of service to the people of Maine, with 56 branches and on the Web at www.bangor.com. The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation was created in 1997. Together the Bank and its Foundation invest more than a million dollars per year into the community in the form of nonprofit sponsorships, grants and partnership initiatives.

SERC Institute is the nonprofit partner of Acadia National Park, dedicated to supporting the activities and programs centered at the Schoodic Education and Research Center in Winter Harbor. The mission of SERC Institute is to guide all generations to greater understanding and respect for nature by providing research and learning opportunities through its outstanding Acadia National Park setting, unique coastal Maine facilities, and innovative partnership programs. SERC Institute and Acadia National Park work together to create a unique research learning center dedicated to supporting scientific research in the park, providing professional development for teachers, and educating students to become the next generation of stewards who will conserve our natural and cultural treasures.

For more information about the Schoodic Education and Research Center, to learn more about SERC Institute, or to make a contribution to SERC Institute, contact Gail La Rosa Thompson, Director of Advancement at gail@sercinstitute.org or 288-1360.

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Contact Name: Gail Thompson

Telephone Number: (207)288-1360

Website: http://www.sercinstitute.org

Email: info@sercinstitute.org