On October 18 The Maine Afterschool Network presented an award to Ray and Patricia Estabrook of The Game Loft for “their tireless dedication to the ongoing sustainable afterschool programming at The Game Loft, Belfast, Maine.” The Game Loft is an afterschool program serving youth from the ages of 6-18 in Belfast and at RSU 3 in Thorndike. The mission of The Game Loft is to promote Positive Youth Development through non-electronic games and community involvement. Currently The Game Loft serves more than 200 enrolled youth. The Game Loft is a locally owned community organization.
The Maine Afterschool Network is a state wide initiative dedicated to seeing that every school-age child in Maine will have access to quality, inclusive, affordable programs during out-of-school time that meet the needs of the child, the family and the community. The Maine After School Network was created in response to the out-of-school time needs of school age children and youth in Maine. The network supports programming that meets the physical, social-emotional and education needs of the school-aged population. The network is a collaboration with individual and organizational partners across the State, including the Department of Education, The Departments of Health and Human Services, The Governor’s Children’s Cabinet (Departments of Corrections, Education, Human Services, Behavior and Developmental Services, and Public Safety), The Maine School-Age Care Alliance, the Maine Chamber of Commerce, The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and disability Studies, and the Maine Parent Federation and Maine roads to Quality.