A tour of the International Marine Terminal in Portland offered a chance to have over 200 fifth grade students learn how blueberries get from Maine to Iceland. The tour was part of a new educational program.
One of those students was Abbie Hews, a ten year old Dyer student who can see the crane that towers above the waterfront from her neighborhood in South Portland. “I think it’s really cool,” Abbie said near the end of the tour. “I like the crane especially, because it’s really a lot bigger than I thought it was, and you see it all the time.”
The inter-disciplinary curriculum developed by the South Portland School Department and the Maine Port Authority emphasizes how Maine transports goods produced by farmers, fishermen, and manufacturers to destinations around the world.
“It takes a village to do anything successful,” said Patrick Arnold, president of Soli DG Inc., which operates the terminal for the state.. “The health of that village depends on the health of the economy.”