Community Engagement

WGME 13 School Spirit Challenge

During September and October, 2015, Thornton Academy participated in WGME 13's School Spirit Challenge to raise food for the Good Shepherd Food Bank and the Saco Food Pantry. This was a competition between area high schools to see who could raise the most food and TA faced off against Kennebunk High School. Tune in to WGME 13 on Friday, November 6th from 6 AM-7 AM when the competition's winner will be announced.

Here is a glimpse of the pep rally that was held to ramp up support for the food drive. It was filmed live on WGME 13.

Mary's Walk
What started in 1999 as a stroll through town with a few hundred people has evolved into Mary's Walk, a major Saco community effort involving thousands of people. This event is named after Mary Kerry Libby, a 1970 Thornton Academy graduate who was lost to cancer at age 44. More than 100 students volunteer at this event; 100% of the funds raised go to the Maine Cancer Foundation. 
Valentine's Day For The Hazelton House

Students volunteer each February to create a special Valentine's Day with carnations and cards for seniors who live at the Hazelton House in Saco.

Seashore Trolley Museum

Thornton Academy’s residential students regularly volunteer at the Seashore Trolley Museum on weekends, tackling fun and challenging projects. On Saturday, April 9, 2016, twelve Residential Life students from three different countries (China, Czech Republic, and Vietnam) helped with railroad tie replacement on the museum heritage mainline track and also helped dismantle the frame and plastic housing that encircled the number one end of the Narcissus during the winter months. Video by Student Media Team Member An Ho '18.

Holiday Gifts

In December, students raise money to purchase holiday gifts for local families who are facing hardships. Dozens of students gather and volunteer time to help wrap the gifts. 

Saco Food Pantry
TA assists the food pantry all year long by raising money and collecting non-perishable food items. In the spring of 2014 the first-ever Powderpuff Flag Football tournament joined theater productions and club events in raising hundreds of dollars for the pantry.
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Saco, Maine 04072
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