Jr Journey: Get Smart to Do Good

$2,570 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 39 people in 9 days
AK
A Kraus
on behalf of Derek Pierce
 PORTLAND, ME
“GET SMART TO DO GOOD.” At Casco Bay High School (CBHS), one of three public high schools in Portland, ME, we challenge our students to become college ready through Rigor, Relevance and Relationships. We're raising the final $2,500 for our “Junior Journey”, a weeklong transformative learning experience in Detroit.

Junior Journey is part of a yearlong interdisciplinary study designed to expand students’ sense of their world and who they are. We investigate: “What impact will you have as a generation?” and “How can we address the widening gap between rich and poor in our nation?” Throughout the year students examine current issues and approaches to effecting social and political change. During the Junior Journey trip to Detroit they experience firsthand in another community the perseverance it takes to create positive change.

Junior Journey is focused around two objectives, a Service Project in conjunction with a local organization and the documentation of Oral Histories through interviews, writing and film. Students return full of gratitude for their lives in Maine, inspired to give back, to volunteer and to make a difference. They return ready to focus and work diligently senior year to achieve their best futures.



“This experience notably impacts the student’s future trajectory – seeking college, gap years and job opportunities where they can serve others.” –Derek Pierce, CBHS Principal

Students will interview residents to reveal their stories of living in this city. In preparation, they will be trained as teams of four in documentary skills of interview, photography, video, and sound engineering. Each team will write the Oral History of their interviewee and produce a three minute video capturing their story. The resulting full length film will be showcased at a downtown Portland event.


After the trip students express passionate and powerful thoughts about the experience:

“I have learned that we are all the same. Yes, we are different in very real ways. But we are all the same; we are human.”

“After my experience in Detroit, I felt as if I became a new person. I’m now more involved within my community, I try to be a role model for many students to do better, and I learned never to take anything for granted. Now when an opportunity is given to me, I am grateful. Now I think more deeply and I have more empathy.”

We request funding to help make Junior Journey accessible to the entire class. Each student is asked to contribute $500 toward program cost. We ask less of the 50% of students qualified for free or reduced lunch.

However, we are committed to including all students who wish to attend, regardless of family income. We raise funds annually to make this possible, internally  and from outside contributors. Your donation will directly support our students.

Thank you!
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Update 4
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4 days ago
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Thank you again for helping to make this happen!
Juniors and Principal saying THANKS!
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Update 3
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4 days ago
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Friends,
We have essentially reached our goal thanks to a very generous recent donation! We will continue to campaign and accept donations as our funding needs aren't fully met, so please keep sharing.
Thank you all so much for your contributions.
--the CBHS jj team
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Update 2
Posted by A Kraus
7 days ago
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Jr Journey: Get Smart to Do Good has reached 52% of its goal. Thanks to all of our generous donors!
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Update 1
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8 days ago
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Junior Journey has reached 25% of our goal in less than a day! Many thanks to those who have donated.

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$2,570 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 39 people in 9 days
Created March 19, 2017
AK
A Kraus  
on behalf of Derek Pierce
ST
$20
Sarah/Justin Thompson/Kearney
2 days ago
CM
$50
Cornelia McDougald
4 days ago
LP
$25
Lisa Pierce
4 days ago
RB
$500
Raymond Burke
4 days ago
1
1
EF
$25
Eda, Mary Anne and Russ French
4 days ago

A journey of a life time. Go Casco - from Eda and family!

JP
$20
Josie Pierce
5 days ago

Have a blast you guys!!

TM
$50
Tammy and Stephen Michaud
5 days ago

Best wishes to the whole class on a successful Jr.Journey!

$200
Anonymous
5 days ago
1
1
JM
$25
Jolene McGowan
6 days ago
1
1

Do good Martha.

JM
$50
John & Chantal Mrazik
6 days ago
1
1

Proud of you! Good luck with your fundraiser and project!!

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