Lamoine student helps give Birdsacre a boost

Justen Scholefield sits in front of a table with the coins collected during a recent penny drive fundraiser at Lamoine Consolidated School that he organized for Birdsacre. The penny drive brought in a total of $130.

LAMOINE — Asked what his reaction was when he heard about the fire at Birdsacre in March, Justen Scholefield knows just the adjective to use.

“It was devastating,” said the fourth-grade student at Lamoine Consolidated School (LCS). “Everything in the house was ruined.”

The 10-year-old boy (he’s quick to point out he’ll be 11 in June) talked with his mom and his teachers and decided he could do something to help. So he organized a penny drive.

Scholefield raised a total of $130 through the penny drive.

The penny drive is not the only way Scholefield and his mom, Jonnie Coolidge, are working to help Birdsacre. He has spent time helping the Richmond family sort artifacts into storage totes, while she has another fundraiser planned.

This Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a car wash at the Gulf gas station on High Street on Beckwith Hill (across from Blueberry Hill Dairy Bar). Proceeds from that event will go to Birdsacre.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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