Katahdin Trust in Fort Kent celebrated the opening of its newest branch and announced a donation of $1,900, (symbolic of $100 for each of its locations) to the Fort Kent Recreation and Parks Department.

Katahdin Trust

This donation will be designated for the support of the department’s youth enrichment programs and CPR training.

Over the past three years, the Fort Kent Recreation and Parks Department has offered Babysitter’s Training for students 11-15 years old. The training is designed to help participants develop leadership skills, learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe, and learn about childcare and basic first aid.

This class has been offered twice a year and each time it is offered there has been a waiting list due to the lack of supplies. Penny Kern, a certified American Red Cross Trainer from Presque Isle has been the instructor.

“With this donation we will be able to expand our program offering,” said Ann Beaulieu, Recreation and Parks Department Director. “We will begin by purchasing Red Cross Junior Manikins for our babysitter’s course along with various teaching aids for many other programs.”