On Thursday, June 9th the Blaine House, and me, myself and I, Baxter, hosted a Tea for a group known as Keeping Maine’s Children Connected. They honored young people ages 16-23 who have stayed in school despite challenges such as homelessness, inpatient psychiatric placement, foster care placement, correctional facility placement, or just experienced lots of different schools because of economic hardships. Listening to these young people makes me realize how good I’ve got it around here! They are great, and I mean great.
For many of these young people, it’s the first time someone has honored their spunk and determination to achieve an education and go on past high school. Their stories were unbelievable!
Joshua Spencer is describes as hard-working, determined, and optimistic. He moved frequently when growing up which meant adapting to different homes, neighborhoods and sometimes schools. Circumstances that might have made others give up only fueled Josh’s determination to succeed. While working three part time jobs – three, you read that right – Josh has kept his grades up earning a 4.0 his junior year at the University of Maine Machias.
Back Row – left to right – Max Jennings, Sergeant Jonathan Shapiro – ME State Police, Doug Daigel – Social Worker RSU 14, Josh Spencer