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The frost was still melting from the Front Campus lawn last Friday morning when MCI students, rakes in hand, dispersed all over Pittsfield to lend a helping hand. 


Each year as the weather cools, Maine families are faced with the financial and logistical burden of heating their homes. Particularly in many of Maine’s drafty old houses, heating efficiency can be a significant challenge. This year, MCI’s Jobs for Maine Grads (JMG) program decided to do something about it.


Teamwork is one of the foundations of a Maine Central Institute (MCI) education, built into the core of the curriculum as well as the athletics, arts, and clubs that students pursue. So when it came time for Head of School Christopher McDonald to select a speaker to open this academic year’s Patterson Lecture Series (PLS), he knew he wanted to find someone who has exhibited teamwork throughout their career. Sure enough, he found the perfect candidate in former U.S. Senator Jim Webb.


The new curriculum, titled Character Strong, is a nationally renowned program created by educators who have hands-on experience in social-emotional learning. It offers educators in classrooms across the country an evidence-based program to help students find success in SEL. Though several schools throughout the United States have adopted SEL programs like Character Strong, it’s still relatively uncommon in Maine.


Perhaps the best part about fall on a school campus is the fresh start that everyone gets on the first day of school. It’s a chance to hit the reset button and to look toward the future with clear eyes, free of the burdens of previous years. This year, MCI students arrived at a school that is returning to some of the comforts of previous years while making exciting changes all at once.


In 2016, when Maine Central Institute (MCI) launched its first-ever comprehensive capital campaign to mark the school's sesquicentennial, the Board of Trustees set an ambitious goal of $6.5 million to increase the school’s endowment, enhance the school's athletic fields, re-envision an existing building into a center for the arts, and modernize Founders Hall while maintaining its position on the National Register of Historic Places.

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