Happy Fall from the Maine Migrant Education Program
While summertime attracts millions of tourists to Maine, autumn is arguably the most beautiful season in our state. This month, Migrant Education students have enjoyed many different opportunities to get outside and learn about the natural beauty of Maine.
On October 8th, students jumped in the van from Milbridge and traveled to the town of Bradley, home of the Maine Forest and Logging Museum. There, students participated in the “Living History Days” event at Leonard’s Mills. This program gave students the chance to travel back in time and learn about historical skills and traditions of Maine. One of the most popular activities was candle-making, where each student made their own candle using colorful wax. Pressing apples to make sweet cider was also a big hit, and is something that many Mainers still do every fall. Finally, Migrant Education students and staff rode a historic steam-powered logging train through the fall foliage.
For the next field trip, parents joined students for a day of apple picking at Treworgy Orchards in Levant. Families also enjoyed activities like the petting zoo, corn maze and hayride. The impressive corn maze was made in the shape of Paul Bunyan, the legendary lumberjack from North American logging folklore.
The following week, students reunited at the Mano en Mano office in Milbridge with their apples in hand. Juana Vazquez, Migrant Education Regional Coordinator, led different cooking activities showing a variety of ways to eat this seasonal, local fruit. Some of the recipes students learned included fresh apple sauce, apple crisp, and even sweet apple tacos. Yum!
Check out more highlights from this fall's activities on flickr.