Taking Back Maine's Future - Project Based Learning Event

Students at Windham Middle School in Windham, Maine, are embarking on an exciting and impactful Project Based Learning endeavor that aims to turn back the high tide of Maine’s opioid epidemic.  

The “Back to the Future” themed project’s name is “Taking Back Maine’s Future".  2019 marks its second annual community event.

Students have carefully studied the impact of Maine's current opioid epidemic using extensive research and exposure to a panel of experts including Governor Mills’ recently appointed Director of Opioid Response Gordon Smith.  They now seek to predict what Maine's future may look like in two vastly differing futures...

A future where their generation is able to find solutions for the state's horrifying opioid epidemic, ending the crisis before it gets worse; and a future in which the current trends of opioid addiction and overdose continue to rise.

Students have created newspapers from both possible futures:  The year 2055 to be exact.  Some papers report from the bright future, free from opioid abuse; and some from the dark future where opioid addiction has continued to grow at alarming rates.  

These newspapers, along with a real DeLorean time machine, will be on display for the public at the second annual “Taking Back Maine’s Future" event on Thursday May 9th 2019 from 6:30-8pm at Windham Middle School.  

Here is a link to this year's event coverage on WGME TV.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TFG4W4AIiLD9gQoaQDAt_UqhzMZeB65l/view?usp=sharing

A sampling of last year’s event media coverage can be viewed here. 

http://wgme.com/news/local/windham-middle-school-students-confront-the-opioid-crisis

http://www.wmtw.com/article/windham-students-predict-future-impacts-of-maine-s-opioid-crisis/21207674

http://news.keepmecurrent.com/students-take-back-future-with-opioid-project/

Generously sponsored by the Windham PTA, Sebago Rotary, and Maine Lab Rescue.