2014 Year in Review Highlights

Posted on Tuesday December 30, 2014

A Few Highlights from our 2014 Year in Review

January & February

January and February brought all sorts of winter adventure, including sledding, ice skating, ice carving and this:

toboggan 14

The 2014 National Toboggan Championships!

We were also invited to be one of three national pilot sites for Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project, in collaboration with host site Bay Chamber Concerts. Here we are recording our lullabies at Hearst Studios. One of our lullabies was later selected for performance by Carnegie Hall musicians in New York!  Read more here: Lullaby Project in the news


Later in the month, we also worked with artist Eric Leppanen in his Belfast studio. belfast-artist-eric-leppanen-hosts-camden-students-at-his-studio and we received this nice write-up in the Justice Diary:Wayfinder Schools: An Educational Model Worth Studying

March & April

rock center 2

In March, the weather warmed up a bit and it was time for our annual trip to The Big Apple!  MoMA, The Met, Grand Central Station, The Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, Central Park, The Natural History Museum…read all about it here: NYC Student Blog

In April, we continued with our academics, our volunteer work, our daily apprenticeships, and our household responsibilities, like cooking and daily chores. And, our artwork was displayed at CMCA!


We continued to make art and music, to tour colleges and art galleries, to go camping and hiking and work in the gardens. Then suddenly it was time for our 3rd annual Earth Day celebration

peter wheelbarrow

and our 2nd annual inter-campus prom!


Meanwhile, Washington County Passages student Niomi Johnson was featured in the Quoddy Tides for her successful school wide anti-bullying workshop at Shead High School. Student Niomi Johnson in the news

May & June

May was a very busy month, including our final Experiential Learning Expedition of the year-to Cobscook Bay State Park, our annual white water rafting trip,


the completion of Passages graduation projects and this…Dancing with Local Stars!

wayfinder schools DWLS 2014


In the middle of all this, we studied math, science, reading and writing, art, American Sign Language, budgeting, documentary film and more and before we knew it, it was time for GRADUATION!  This year we graduated 23 students, including our first-ever Mitchell Scholar!

  shama and carlos   2014 graduate zac conley  ibraheem

2 white gowns  and still more kisses  passages lewiston grad

And then as the days grew longer and our school year was coming to a close, there was this fabulous fundraising event-A Conversation with authors Ann Patchett & Richard Russo!  Patchett and Russo event for Wayfinder Schools, WCSH Channel 6


July and August

In July and August we were busy planning for the coming school year and getting ready for the arrival of new students, including holding our annual staff and board planning meeting at Camp Kieve.

jos, don, fred, alex

Meanwhile, our CEO and Head of Schools, Dr. Dorothy Foote, was named by Maine Magazine as one of 50 people shaping the state of Maine http://wayfinderschools.org/news-and-events/5004/wayfinder-head-of-schools-named-one-of-50-people-shaping-the-state-of-maine

Dot Old Port Summer also meant time for building our new outdoor classroom, taking care of the chickens and ducks, and raising enough produce for our own culinary program and to distribute to local seniors in need. http://wayfinderschools.org/the-school-blog/5038/how-does-your-garden-grow

spindly chard   Corn!      yellow chard

September & October

In September we welcomed new students and dove right into the academic year.

camden wayfinders day one!

You can read all about it here: Fall Academic Highlights

We went hiking and rock climbing,

eth and fist

we held our first Wayfinder Harvest Supper & Lantern Parade at Opportunity Farm

lanterns at the ready   pumpkins  faith's flowers

we celebrated the annual Farm to Sea Auction in Portland

F2S table    Micki Colquhoun and Sheila Peabody

Wayfinder Farm to Sea Auction, by Maine Magazine

And Board Member Susan Koch was one of six Mainers to receive a Leaders & Luminaries Award from Bank of Maine!

john everets dot susan 2


November & December

All throughout the year we hold Passages group workshops, including this amazing November writing workshop with author Lily King!

lily writing

This workshop led two of our students to write posts for our blog that they later turned into speeches for our Women for Wayfinder event.

lindsey and selaina tree

We also celebrated our 6th annual Global Thanksgiving in November: http://wayfinderschools.org/news-and-events/5486/our-global-thanksgiving-celebration-2 and continued our collaborative projects with 317 Main & The Circus Conservatory. As always, we are plugging away at academics and our apprenticeship sites, while volunteering with Tree Street Youth, The Garden Institute & others.

faith at tree street         morgan at tree street

happy fall

And here we are, back in the winter months again, enjoying outdoor activities and the spirit of the season-friendship, togetherness and gratitude-as we travel together on this journey toward high school graduation. We couldn’t do it without you.

Thank you for your support!