CTE / Makerspace Building Project
St. George School is partnering with the MidCoast School of Technology to construct a K-8 Career Technical Education/ Makerspace Building behind the school. Help us bring the trades, technology, and innovation back to the heart of public education and provide all students, grades K-8, with access to hands-on/ minds-on projects. The new building will include a shop space for carpentry, metalworking and boatbuilding; an upstairs Makerspace with 3D printers, a laser cutter, and CNC routers; and a classroom that can also serve as a gallery for displaying student work.
The objectives of this project are to:
Engage students in learning that matters to them, their families, and their community;
Help students develop the necessary technical, creative thinking, and social-emotional skills to meet existing labor force needs and create new businesses and industries; and
Strengthen the local economy.
This project is rooted in the history and hearts of our community, which includes generations of builders, entrepreneurs, artists, and innovators. As of August 2022, we've raised over $1.5 million through private donations, grants, business sponsorships, and our Buy-A-Brick fundraiser. We are continuing to raise money to support construction costs as well as equipment, supplies, and personnel. Please consider making a donation to the St. George School Fund to support the CTE/Makerspace Building. For more information, please contact Superintendent Mike Felton (email@example.com) or School Board member Kristin Falla (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To see our most recent project update, click here.
To see our special Summer Community Newsletter about the project, click here.
For a quick overview of the project, click here.
For a deep dive into the project, click here.
In The News
St. George is starting kids early in the trades to keep them in the area, Bangor Daily News (May 8, 2022)
St. George hopes to break ground in fall for trade school, Village Soup (May 19, 2022)
Maine's Positive Story of the Day, Maine Principals' Association (May 31, 2022)
A Year of Success and Innovation: Rethinking Responsive Education Ventures at St. George School. Maine Department of Education Newsroom (July 29, 2022)
The CTE/Makerspace Building Project will allow students to develop the necessary technical, creative thinking, and social-emotional skills to meet existing labor force needs and create new businesses and industries. Working with MCST, we'll develop a PreK - 12th grade CTE program that spurs innovation in public education and rural economic development.
Businesses can sponsor this project as a Friend ($500+ donation), Partner ($1,000+), Visionary ($5,000+ donation), or Changemaker ($10,000+ donation). More information about sponsorship levels and benefits can be found here.
If you are ready to join us as a sponsor or have questions, please contact Superintendent Mike Felton (email@example.com; 207.542.6394).