Students and parents lined up at the doors of Wiscasset Elementary School on Sunday for the first ever Set for Success event in town. Waiting inside were teachers, volunteers, service providers and stacks of bookbags and school supplies, all to give students a head start on the school year.
“Big Al came to us and said we had to do it,” said program coordinator Mary Coventry. She said the event is modeled after a similar program in Boothbay Harbor and is on offshoot of Feed Our Scholars, that St. Philp’s Church organized.
“It is the next step,” said Coventry.
Besides the school supplies, students were treated to face painting, free haircuts and free food the Lincoln County Summer Meals Program provided.
From a wagon in the parking lot, Kate Martin bagged healthy foods for kids headed for Set for Success. The wagon will stop at 15-20 sites around Lincoln County to give out free food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture sponsors the program.
Beth Bluteau and Angela Eddy from Partners in Education informed parents and students about the free swim lessons and field trips the group sponsors.
The event was open to homeschoolers and WES students.