How can we leverage the best that education can offer to meet, honor, and serve the spirits, hopes, and dreams of young people here in Washington County?” That was the question that launched 24 community members into a six-month participatory research process in 1999, leading to the design and establishment of the Cobscook Community Learning Center (CCLC).
On a recent saunter through one of our wonderfully lush Downeast forests, my thoughts were interrupted by a fallen tree. Cushioned by a bed of sphagnum moss and sprigs of purpling wintergreen leaves upon its fall, this tree’s roots now stood over ten feet high, towering over the trunk of this former giant. This bold reminder of roots offered an important reflection.
Please join us in welcoming Laura Thomas to the CCLC Team! Laura serves as the School Resource Coach for TREEand is assigned to work within our first full partner school, Milbridge Elementary School.
TREE’s response and model design is rooted in an understanding and respect for the community, which only comes through a commitment to thoughtful listening.
Cobscook students visited Downeast Salmon Federation’s (DSF) East Machias Aquatic Research Center on the first school day in October to help with Atlantic salmon restoration efforts--one of the many meaningful field trips to meet with scientists and assist with conservation work that makes the Cobscook program so impactful.
Heartwood Lodge has become a fertile vessel for the creativity, inquiry, learning, healing, and transformation that emerges when we retreat.
The upcoming 3,345 square-foot facility increases total CCLC building space to 20,000 square-feet, and features a large partitionable conference room, a spacious classroom, lobby and welcome center, office space, ample storage spaces, and two handicapped accessible bathrooms.
By Hazel Stark
One of the vital channels nourishing the CCLC’s roots is its funders. The Quimby Family Foundation, which supports Maine-based nonpro ts that are fostering stronger relationships between people and nature for the bene t of human wholeness, has been a generous supporter of the CCLC since 2001. We are delighted to feature their Board Director, Hannah Quimby, in this edition of Cobscook Currents.
I asked Hannah what draws her to the CCLC from both mission
and funding perspectives: “I am drawn to the fact that the CCLC
is nding multiple ways of reaching people by creating diverse
programs that are broad and relevant to people in the community. This care for community, the planet, and the individual all seem woven into the fabric of what CCLC is as an organiza- tion and those pieces are fundamental to human wholeness.”
Hannah went on to share that helping fund the CCLC makes her feel like a true partner, “not simply someone writing a check,” due to the level of transparency and collaboration the CCLC embodies. Beyond the Quimby Family Foundation’s connection to the mission of the CCLC from a values-alignment and funding perspective, Hannah clearly sees the CCLC as more than just the sum of its parts: “Just as the roots of a tree are the anchor providing nourishment to the rest of the tree, allowing the tree to then in uence air quality and human health, the CCLC is an anchor of well-being, nourishing the individual, the community, and ultimately the environment in which it exists.”
As a single tree requires support from neighbors and other species, so too does the CCLC! We rely on your support to continue our work. Here are some ways to help.