Student Action Teams

Get involved and make a difference!

In Maine, four High Schools have Student Action Teams doing great work in their communities: Brunswick High School, Poland Regional High School, Thornton Academy (in Saco), and York High School. Student Action Teams are composed of 12 to 20 students who are designated as Team Captains.

The goal of Student Action Teams (SAT), working in coordination with their SAT Coordinator (a teacher or administrator from their school) and Volunteers of America. Some of their community outreach includes intergenerational gatherings. For eight years, Thornton Academy Action Teams have been providing companionship and activities to the elderly residents of Volunteers of America’s affordable senior housing program, the Paul Hazelton Houses in Saco. The Brunswick SAT has spent many afternoons engaging the seniors at Volunteers of America’s Westrum House; activities include pumpkin painting, Wii bowling competition, and holiday parties.

The Brunswick Student Action Team has also traveled to Volunteers of America’s affordable senior housing programs (in Portland and on Peaks Island to lend a hand and socialize with residents. Getting out and helping seniors and veterans has also been the primary activities of Student Action Teams of Poland High and York High School. All four teams have made significant contributions to Food Security for Seniors by collecting food and bringing donations to food pantries. In York, Action Team Captains have seen the need to shovel snow for seniors who are living alone; many times seniors or public safety officials have contacted York’s Student Action Team to ask for their assistance.

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