Environmental Abuse -- Messalonskee Middle School: SSC 2015

Subject: The environment, recycling
Themes: Young Activists 21st Century Environmental Issues
Age groups: Middle School
Resource type: Articles

Samantha Smith Challenge

Messalonskee Middle School

Grades 7 and 8

The Issue: Abuse

The Question: How are people in our community abusing the environment in which we live?

Community Partners and Stakeholders:

  • Local recycling centers
  • NRC of Maine
  • State Senators and Representatives
  • Local shelters for abuse

Facts Learned that Influenced Your Thinking:

  • Data on plastic pollution
  • Data on child abuse
  • Information on legislation concerning environmental issues

Plan of Action:

  • To create awareness of the issues in the community
  • To help build community knowledge of recycling opportunities
  • To support people and families in need


  • PSA created and shared
  • Posts created for the communities
  • Supplies given to shelter


Brandon Condon 8 Camden Duplessis 7

Hannah Butler 7 Nathalie Poulin 7

Emily Crowell 7 Joselyn Ouelette 7

Rylee Poulin 7 Isaiah Shuman 7

TJ Doone 7 Ricky Thomas7

Noah Greene 8 Olivia Lagace 8

Toa Aveau 8 Wade Carter 8

Kenny Crader 8 Molly MacKenzie 8

Molly Calkins 8 Ella Moore 8

Morgan Veilleux 8

Teacher: Ms. Lisa Ravelo

Name of person who made the video: Molly Calkins

Comment about the Samantha Smith Challenge:

"The Samantha Smith Challenge was a great way for kids our age to get involve in our community. As a student, I was very proud to make a positive impact on our community."