‘Tis the Season of Giving as Modeled by Maine Teens

According to the Alzheimer’s Association more than 26,000 Maine people are living with Alzheimer’s. Recently three Maine teens were honored for making a difference, in the lives of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The students from Kennebunk High School founded Project Playback to help stimulate the hearts and minds of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients through music therapy. The teens interviewed patients and family members at a local elderly care home to create personalized music playlists on donated mp3 players.download

The project originated from a school-based community activity as part of the Middle School of the Kennebunks International Baccalaureate program.

Project Playback was recently honored as part of the U.S. Cellular Future of Good program which recognizes youth who are making a positive impact in their community. U.S. Cellular will provide Project Playback with $10,000!

The New York Stock Exchange will be welcoming U.S. Cellular executives and 
Jason Albaum, Colby Ellis and Juli Ennis (from Project Playback) as they help ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange this afternoon at 4:00 PM
Below is the link to the livestream of the closing bell ceremony. 

NYSE Closing Bell

Currently, the students are serving Kennebunk Center for Health and Rehabilitation, but have three new kits that they hope to deploy soon. So if you are interested in getting involved please contact Project Playback: GET INVOLVED.

Phillip Potenziano

About Phillip Potenziano

In addition to blogging, Dr. Potenziano works as an Assistant Superintendent, and volunteers on the board of a southern Maine local non-profit. He is happily nestled just north of Portland, with his 3 kids, a wife and lots of projects awaiting his attention. He loves early morning runs, donuts and sometimes coffee. Two lessons he tries to remember are: "Every man is my superior in that I may learn from him" and "At the moment of commitment, the entire universe conspires to assure your success."