Archive for November, 2016

Volunteering at The Ark, by Passages student Rochelle Millay

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Volunteering at The Ark

by Rochelle Millay – Machiasport


My teacher and I volunteered at the Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield, Maine. I love animals, so I knew it would be the perfect choice. I made homemade peanut butter dog treats [see recipe below]. It’s a very simple recipe, but the dogs there seemed to like them. We walked dogs and played with the cats. There were a few kittens and a lot of adult cats. The cats have a certain room in the main building, and they also have a whole house to themselves. It all depends on the cat’s temperament. The shelter workers obviously don’t want the cats to fight.

I took Meeka on a walk (it was more like Meeka took me on a walk), and Fern took Thumper. I believe there were 4 dogs that were adoptable. There was Chico a sweet little, old-man Chihuahua, Thumper a beagle, and Cami who was very territorial. She barked if you went near her cage. She needs a very strong, loving forever home. There was also Toots who I have no idea what breed she is.

Employees and volunteers also brought their dogs into work with them. When I get my own place and am financially stable, I would like to adopt older dogs and cats and make the last years of their lives the best.


Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits


2 cups whole wheat flour

1 TBS baking powder

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup skim milk


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine

flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix

peanut butter and milk. Add wet mixture to dry

and mix well.

Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and

knead. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out

shapes. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake

20 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool on a rack

and store in an airtight container.



Greenhouse Volunteers needed this Saturday, December 10 from 9-12 at Opportunity Farm!

Monday, November 28th, 2016

We’re building a new greenhouse at our Opportunity Farm campus. Here are the students & staff hard at work!

Join us this Saturday, December 10 from 9-12 for our last greenhouse build party of 2016! Coffee will be on…

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Welcome Acting Head of School Paul Andrews

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Former Wayfinder Schools Board Member Paul Andrews will assume the role of Acting Head of Schools on Tuesday, November 15. Andrews will fill the role following the resignation of Dr. Dorothy Foote, who has served as Head of Schools since 2008. Dr. Foote has decided to continue expanding the scope of her work regionally and nationally to assist marginalized youth in achieving their high school diplomas. Foote said, “I greatly appreciate the support of my colleagues over the years from the Community School, to Opportunity Farm and the Wayfinder Schools, and I look forward to sharing their successes in the future.”

Andrews is a retired Human Resources Executive who lives in Portland. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maine at Orono and for six years worked for U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe. He worked out of state for over 30 years for Safeco Insurance and the The Horace Mann Companies in a variety of roles, including Chief Customer Officer and Information Technology. He has volunteered with and served on the Board of Directors of United Way of Central Illinois, and currently serves as Board President of the Munjoy Heights Condo Association.

He says, “Having served on the board for the past year, I have been witness to the incredible work of Wayfinder Schools, and I look forward to leading the school through this transition period. We are fortunate to have a very strong staff and board, and an exceptional group of dedicated students who are working their way toward high school graduation. This work is changing lives for the better, and I am proud to be part of it.”

Board Chair Don Russell said, “The board is very grateful to Dot for her service to the students of Maine and to our schools and staff, and we are thrilled to welcome Paul as our Acting Head of Schools. Wayfinder has grown to serve more than 80 Maine teens annually who are at-risk of high school non-completion. Our programs provide a path to a high school diploma while encouraging life skills for students transitioning to adulthood. We are proud of the work of our staff, and of the significant accomplishments of our students.”