Answers to the previous quiz:

Quiz 1

1. Easton and Eastport are ten miles from each other. 

      True or False

2. The largest naval defeat in U.S. history before Pearl Harbor was:     

    a. The battle of New Orleans    

    b. The Penobscot Expedition  

    c. The siege of Lake Erie

3. How many Maine state parks are managed by the Department of Conservation?    

    a. 10    

    b. All including Baxter State Park    

    c. All except Baxter State Park    

    d. 48

4. A ploye is a lie.   

      True or false

5. Two former Maine governors were Kings.   

      True or false

6. Where is Curtis Island and does it go all the way to the bottom?

    Just off the coast of Camden. Yes, it goes all the way to the bottom but tourists may not know that.

7. This man was called by his enemies, “… the Continental liar from the state of Maine.” Who was he?

    James G. Blaine

8. Aroostook County is bigger than:    

    a. Rhode Island    

    b. Connecticut    

    c. Rhode Island and Connecticut combined    

    d. Mississippi

9. The Whoopie Pie Festival is held annually in Dover-Foxcroft.   

      True or False

I Know ME is gaining steam. On November 29 there will be an informational meeting about the program at Mount View Middle School at 6 PM. If you know a 7th grader at Mount View who might be interested please contact Stephen Colby at 338-6447 for more information. Seventh graders and their families who are not able to make the meeting can still apply. Please contact Stephen for more information.

One of the many fun activities the I Know ME kids will be doing this year is “adopting” a food festival. The ultimate decision about which festival they should attend is up to the kids but we would like your opinions as well. Here is a list of just a few Maine food festivals. Which one do you think they should attend or should we add your favorite to the list?

  1. Wild Blueberry Festival in Machias
  2. Whoopie Pie Festival in Dover-Foxcroft
  3. Moxie Festival in Lisbon
  4. Red Hot Dog Festival in Dexter
  5. Clam Festival in Yarmouth
  6. Lobster Festival in Rockland

Kids will do more than enjoy great food and entertainment, they will also be volunteering at the festival to help organizers achieve success and understand the need for community involvement at all levels.

The Game Loft is pleased to announce the start of the I Know ME program. Funded by the Lerner Foundation and based on the Trekkers Youth Development Principles, I Know ME is a program of relationships and broadening horizons. The Game Loft will guide ten youth per year for the next six years in a program to learn about the state of Maine and to engage with Maine’s history, geography, economics, people, promise, and challenges. The young people in the program will be studying all facets of Maine through trips and other after-school adventures.

Here is a little quiz to see how well you know Maine. Over the next six years we will be sharing our adventures with you and a few challenges as well. One person who correctly answers this week’s questions will receive a Game Loft tee shirt and will be entered to win our 2018 grand prize. Good luck!

Quiz 1
  1. Easton and Eastport are ten miles from each other. 
      True or False
  2. The largest naval defeat in U.S. history before Pearl Harbor was:     
      a. The battle of New Orleans    
      b. The Penobscot Expedition    
      c. The siege of Lake Erie
  3. How many Maine state parks are managed by the Department of Conservation?    
      a. 10    
      b. All including Baxter State Park    
      c. All except Baxter State Park    
      d. 48
  4. A ploye is a lie.   
      True or false
  5. Two former Maine governors were Kings.   
      True or false
  6. Where is Curtis Island and does it go all the way to the bottom?
  7. This man was called by his enemies, “… the Continental liar from the state of Maine.” Who was he?
  8. Aroostook County is bigger than:    
      a. Rhode Island    
      b. Connecticut    
      c. Rhode Island and Connecticut combined    
      d. Mississippi
  9. The Whoopie Pie Festival is held annually in Dover-Foxcroft.   
      True or False
Quiz 2
Why should Game Loft kids study Maine for six years through trips, volunteering, interviews, exploration, and games?   
  1. To understand their home    
  2. To gain mastery of an important topic    
  3. To be able to talk knowledgably with adults    
  4. To become better citizens     
  5. To explore new areas of interest and to raise aspirations    
  6. To help gain academic and social skills    
  7. To bond with peers and adults    
  8. All of the above

The answers to these quizzes will be in our next blog. Each month the I Know ME blog will chronicle the places we have been and the things we have learned. If you have suggestions about the places where we should go, the people we should meet, the history we should encounter, the problems we should address, or the volunteer opportunities we should explore please contact us through this BLOG.

The I Know ME program is sponsored by the Emanuel and Pauline Lerner Foundation and is based on the Trekkers model for Positive Youth Development.

When I started writing this blog I was so excited to dive in and tell the stories of kids that I postponed writing the background of the program. Now, 18 blogs later, I think it is time for me to introduce the Game Loft.

Who we are: The Game Loft is an after-school program for youth ages 6-18. We play all kinds of non-electronic games. Our mission is to “promote Positive Youth Development through non-electronic games and community involvement.” So what is Positive Youth Development? It is a model for service used by 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Girl Scouts. It has 8 basic tenets that are:

  • Security: Youth feel physically and emotionally safe.
  • Belonging: Youth experience belonging and ownership.
  • Acceptance: Youth try new things.
  • Independence: Youth discover self.
  • Relationships: Youth develop quality relationships with peers and adults.
  • Values: Youth discuss conflicting values and formulate their own beliefs.
  • Achievement: Youth feel the pride and responsibility that comes with mastery.
  • Recognition: Youth expand their capacity to enjoy life and know that success is possible.

That’s what we try to do every day with every kid.

We want every kid to become an adult who is caring, confident, competent, connected and contributing. In other words, the kind of adult you want to know at home, in your neighborhood, and running the world.

We have a vision for the Game Loft as a community where all people are valued regardless of age; where youth become resources with meaningful roles and responsibilities for positive community change; where disabled youth, juvenile offenders, the bullied, the ostracized, and all who feel voiceless are heard and respected; and where willing volunteers of all ages work to improve the life of their community.

We have been promoting this mission and these values for 17 years. The proof of our success is the young people who have graduated into adulthood from this program, their families, and the quality of the staff we have been able to attract.

Today I wrote a job description for a new AmeriCorps VISTA worker. This is a one year position that will help us deliver more and better service to western Waldo County. I often ask you for your time, talents, and money but today I ask you for a referral. If you know a man or woman over the age of 18, preferably a college graduate, who would be proud to share our ideals, please send him to our web site or have that person call Ariel Levangie at the Loft 207-338-6447 for more information about being a VISTA worker. It could be the year that changes his or her life.

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