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INFORMATIONAL LETTER:  134

POLICY CODE:  DD

TO:             Superintendents of Schools (please forward to Assistant Superintendents, Principals, Career and Technical Education Directors, Curriculum Coordinators, Service Learning Coordinators, and Other Interested Parties,) and Dick Durost (Maine Principals’ Association)

FROM:       Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:        May 2, 2006

SUBJECT:  Service Learning Grant Money Available for Maine Schools

Service Learning Grant Money Available from the Maine Department of Education for Maine Schools

            The Maine Department of Education, in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, is seeking grant proposals from Maine schools, K-12, for the Learn and Serve America Program.  The Request for Proposal (RFP) seeks applications from schools who wish to introduce and integrate Service Learning in their school system.  The Maine Department of Education expects to distribute up to $10,000 per year per school for each of the next three years.  For information on Service Learning, see www.learnandserve.gov.  For a copy of the detailed RFP, interested parties can contact Charlie Hartman, Service Learning Consultant, in writing at the Department of Education, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0023, by phone at 207-624-6748, or by email at charlie.hartman@maine.gov

            One (1) original of any proposal, clearly marked “Proposal: Maine Service Learning,” must be delivered to the Bureau of General Services, Division of Purchases, Burton M. Cross State Office Building, 4th Floor, 111 Sewall St., 9 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0009, no later than 2:00 p.m. local time on Friday, May 26, 2006, at which time they will be opened.  Proposals received after the 2:00 p.m. deadline will be rejected without exception.  No faxed proposals will be accepted.

            There will be three bidders’ conferences/informational sessions to provide information about Service Learning and the details of this grant:  Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at PATHS in Portland; Thursday, May 11, 2006 at UTC in Bangor; and Friday, May 12, 2006 in the Burton M. Cross State Office Building in Augusta.  All three sessions will be from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.  To register for one of the sessions, please contact Charlie Hartman at 624-6748 or at charlie.hartman@maine.gov.