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UNITED WAY OF YORK COUNTY STRENGTHENS COMMUNITY EFFORT BEHIND ANNUAL SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

UNITED WAY OF YORK COUNTY STRENGTHENS COMMUNITY EFFORT BEHIND ANNUAL SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

Joins Statewide “Tools for School” Campaign to Provide 500 Students in Southern Maine with Backpacks Stocked with Notebooks, Calculators, Rulers and More!    

July 13, 2011 - KENNEBUNK, ME.  As children and adults throughout Maine enjoy a well deserved summer vacation, the United Way of York County and several community partners are thinking ahead to make sure that children enter the new school year ready to learn, equipped with the tools they need to succeed, by joining a statewide effort to provide donated items such as backpacks, calculators, pens, pencils, rulers and composition notebooks to children unable to afford them. 

“One of our primary goals at United Way is to create and support efforts that help children and youth meet academic milestones and graduate on time,” says Kathryn Davis, President and CEO of United Way of York County.

Maine Students Score Better Than in Most States on National Science Test

Maine students outperformed students in most other states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the only test of student achievement that allows comparison of student performance across states.

Maine tied for the fifth highest science score in grade 4 and tied for eighth highest in grade 8. By some measures, such as percent of student proficiency, Maine ranks even higher on the test, which was administered in 2009 and is being reported today.

Statewide at the fourth grade, 42 percent of students in Maine scored at the “proficient” level or above. In the eighth grade, 35 percent of students scored at or above the “proficient” level.

Maine’s lower-income students are doing well compared to in other states and the nation as a whole. In Maine, 29 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch in the 4th grade scored at or above the “proficient” level compared to 16 percent nationally.