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2020 Programs & Events Wrap Up

Celebrating Volunteer Week 2020 With Interviews & Great Memories

Volunteer Week 2020 is upon us, and we are celebrating a great winter 2019/2020 season that would not have been possible without our dedicated WinterKids volunteers! We wanted to learn more about why WinterKids volunteers are so passionate and dedicated, so we reached out to a few of our long-standing volunteers. Here’s what they had to say…

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8th Annual WinterKids Downhill 24 At Sugarloaf Mountain: Photos & Results

An epic WinterKids Downhill 24 at Sugarloaf Mountain is now on the books, shattering all previous fundraising records for this, our 8th year of the event, and 5th year at Sugarloaf Mountain!

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The Impact of WinterKids Winter Games, According to the Top 3 Winning Schools in 2020

We wanted to learn more about the impact the WinterKids Winter Games made this season, so we reached out to our top three winning schools, Prescott Memorial, Jonesport Elementary, and Dr. Levesque Elementary to share their experiences. Here’s what they had to say…

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WinterKids Winter Games 2020 Wrap Up Report

The WinterKids Winter Games 2020 got 32 Maine schools (2 in every county in Maine), including 7,332 kids and 1087 teachers and support staff to take their classrooms outside this winter, learning, playing, and taking advantage of the magic that is Winter in Maine! Here’s a play by play rundown of what happened during this year’s Winter Games!

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Knox County School Takes the GOLD in the 3rd Annual WinterKids Winter Games!

On January 6, students and staff at 32 elementary schools around the state will participate in WinterKids’ third annual WinterKids Winter Games. This outdoor physical activity and nutrition competition encourages young children to develop healthy habits over the course of the four-week program. Each school will try to earn as many points as possible for the grand prize: $5,000 donated to their school. In total 7,332 students and 1,113 teachers and staff from every county in Maine (2 schools per county) will be participating in the Winter Games.

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Carnaval Maine Raises $25,000 for WinterKids

Carnaval Maine’s inaugural three-day festival took place on Portland’s Eastern Promenade January 30 through February 2, 2020, with a mission of delivering meaningful and measurable economic, community and charitable impact. As Beneficiary, WinterKids Was Thrilled to Receive $25,000.

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WinterKids Downhill 24: A Brief History & What’s New for 2020

The WinterKids Downhill 24 has become one of our most anticipated events of the year, not just because of the fun we have, but also because of the important role it plays in raising funds for WinterKids programs. Learn how it grew to be our biggest fundraiser, and what’s new for 2020!

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Winter Games Wild Card Winners, Week 3: Prescott Memorial School






Schools across Maine just completed Week 3 of the WinterKids Winter Games a 4–week physical activity and nutrition competition designed to encourage kids and teachers to develop healthy lifestyles. Schools are vying for a $5000 gold medal prize by earning points for getting students outdoors-moving AND learning!


Each week, schools enter to win ONE bonus point-the Wild Card of the Week. This week, schools were asked to submit a photo highlighting the theme of the week-Family Engagement and Art.


The winner, from Knox County, in Washington, is Prescott Memorial School, with this beautiful entry!




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Winter Games Wild Card Winners, Week 2: West Bath School






Schools across Maine just completed Week 2 of the WinterKids Winter Games a 4–week physical activity and nutrition competition designed to encourage kids and teachers to develop healthy lifestyles. Schools are vying for a $5000 gold medal prize by earning points for getting students outdoors-moving AND learning!


Each week, schools enter to win ONE bonus point-the Wild Card of the Week. This week, they were asked to create a MEME highlighting the week’s theme-nutrition & math and outdoor physical activity.


The winner, from Sagadahoc County, in West Bath, is West Bath School, with this fun entry!




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Winter Games Wild Card Winners, Week 1: Dr. Levesque Elementary




Congratulations to Dr. Levesque Elementary, in Frenchville Maine (representing Waldo County) who scored an additional point in the WinterKids Winter Games 2020 as our wild card winners for week 1 with this video they put together introducing themselves as competitors in the Winter Games!



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Winter Games 2020 Opening Ceremony & Press Conference at Waterboro Elementary




The WinterKids Winter Games 2020 has officially begun! Follow along, as two elementary schools in each of Maine’s 16 counties will go for the gold by competing in a four-week outdoor physical activity and nutrition challenge during the month of January for cash prizes, equipment and more!⠀⁣Many thanks to the staff and students at Waterboro Elementary School for hosting our press conference as part of their opening ceremonies!




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Third Annual WinterKids Winter Games Kicking Off in Maine Schools Statewide on January 6th

On January 6, students and staff at 32 elementary schools around the state will participate in WinterKids’ third annual WinterKids Winter Games. This outdoor physical activity and nutrition competition encourages young children to develop healthy habits over the course of the four-week program. Each school will try to earn as many points as possible for the grand prize: $5,000 donated to their school. In total 7,332 students and 1,113 teachers and staff from every county in Maine (2 schools per county) will be participating in the Winter Games.

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Carnaval Maine: A Celebration of Maine’s Rich Winter Heritage

In the 1920s, thousands of visitors flocked to Portland to enjoy a winter spectacle of ice castles, sculptures, sled dogs, ski jumping and other outdoor festivities to celebrate the season. A century later, the party is back as Carnaval Maine, a celebration of Maine’s rich winter heritage!

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WinterKids Welcome to Winter: A Brief History What’s New for 2020

With humble beginnings, the WinterKids Welcome to Winter Festival is a celebration of winter in Maine that has now grown into an event for thousands of families in and around Portland Maine to enjoy annually, completely free of charge. Here’s a brief history and a sneak peek at what’s to come this year!

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WinterKids Named Beneficiary of Carnaval Maine

Carnaval ME organizers announced today that WinterKids, an organization that creates opportunities for children to be active, vibrant and healthy in the outdoors, will be the non-profit beneficiary of the inaugural three-day festival taking place on Portland’s Eastern Promenade January 30 through February 2, 2020.

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Winter Games 2020 Toolkit Dropoff Week




Toolkits have been delivered to our 32 participating Winter Games Schools, and now the count down is officially on to January 6th for the kickoff of the WinterKids Winter Games, when 2 Schools from every county in Maine will compete for $20K in cash and prizes!




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License to Chill 2019 Photos & Recap

Our 8th annual WinterKids License to Chill is on the books, and we smashed our fundraising goal of $30K by raising a whopping $37,914!⁣

Here are just a few photos, courtesy of Whitney J. Fox Photography. Be sure to bookmark this & check back, as there are even more to come!

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2019 Maine Ski Swaps


Does gearing up for winter sports mean all new gear?If your kids who seem to outgrow things by the second, you’re not alone! Thankfully, organizations across the state of Maine are planning ski swaps and sales this fall to help ease the burden on your wallet!Many even allow you to bring in the outgrown gear, so you can clean out while you gear up!






We’ll be adding dates to this list as we become aware of them, so be sure to check back, and if you know of any we should add to the list, feel free to comment below and let us know (please include a link to more info if you can).





OCTOBER


10/12/19: The Rack’s 2nd annual Rack Tailgate Ski & Swap will be from 9am-3pm. MORE INFO10/12-12/14/19: Happy Tunes’ 21st annual ski & kayak sale. MORE INFO10/19/19: Penobscot Valley Ski Club annual ski sale will be from 8:00am to 2:00pm at the Bangor Parks and Rec building. MORE INFO10/25 & 10/26/19: Bethel Outing Club’s 38th annual ski swap/sale will be at the Gould Academy Field House. MORE INFO10/26/19: Central Maine Ski Club’s Ski & Skate swap will be from 9am-3pm at George J. Mitchell School in Waterville. MORE INFO


NOVEMBER


11/2/19: The Freeport Ski Boosters Annual Ski Swap & Sale will be from 9:30am to 12:30pm at the Freeport High School gym. MORE INFO11/2/19: Alspeed Cyclery & Snow’s ski swap will be from 10am-6pm at their Portland location. MORE INFO11/3/19: Brunswick Parks & Rec’s 52nd annual a ski & skate sale will be 1pm-4:30pm at the Bruswick Recreation Center. MORE INFO11/9/19: Agamenticus Ski Club’s bi-annual used equipment swap will happen from 9am-3pm at the York Middle School Cafeteria. MORE INFO11/9/19: Gorham Bike & Ski’s used downhill ski, snowboard and cross country ski tent sale will happen from 9am-1pm. MORE INFO11/9 & 11/10/19: Auburn Ski Association’s annual Ski Swap will be from 1pm-4pm (Saturday) and 9am-2pm (Sunday) at Auburn Middle School. MORE INFO11/23-11/24/19: Camden Hills Regional High School’s annual ski sale will happen 9am-1pm (Saturday), and 10am-1:30pm (Sunday) at the Camden Hills Regional High School. MORE INFO11/23/19: Big Rock Mountain’s annual ski swap will happen from 10am-2pm. MORE INFO11/23/19: Yarmouth Ski Club’s ski sale & swap will happen from 9am-12pm at Yarmouth Elementary. MORE INFO11/24/19: Falmouth Ski Club’s annual ski sale and swap will be from 9am-12:00pm in the Falmouth Middle School Cafeteria11/30/19: Downeast Ski Club’s ski sale will be from 8am-4:30pm at the Portland Expo. MORE INFO


DECEMBER


12/7/19: The Greely Ski Swap will be from 9am-1pm at the Greely High School Gymnasium in Cumberland.





Mark your calendars, and we’ll see you out there!