Letters About Literature is a national reading-writing contest in which readers from grades 4-10 are invited to write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre—fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic—explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s way of thinking about the world or themselves. Teachers typically use Letters About Literature as an assignment and work intensely with their students to refine their thoughts and improve their writing skills.
MHC is looking for creative and energetic high school students interested in community engagement through the humanities. Through the Student Humanities Ambassador Program, selected students will work with MHC and their teacher-mentor to identify a topic and, working with a budget of $1,000 donated by MHC, create, plan, run, and evaluate a humanities-based program or event within their communities.
MHC is proud to collaborate with the Civil Rights Team Project (CRTP), a program based in the Attorney General of Maine’s office. The only program of its kind nationwide, the CRTP’s mission is to increase the safety of elementary, middle level, and high school students by reducing bias-motivated behaviors and harassment in our schools.
Maine National History Day, co-organized by the University of Maine and the Margaret Chase Smith Library, is an annual event for teachers and students in grades 6-12 that promotes critical thinking skills through project-based learning. Students choose a category–website, paper, exhibit, documentary film, or performance–and compete in a statewide event held at the University of Maine each spring. The top finishers in each category travel to Baltimore, MD for the national-level competition in the early summer.