A workshop is scheduled to be held in Presque Isle and hosted by the SAD #1 School Board. The workshop will entail hearing from the public as to whether or not they should keep the harvest break recess.

The County reported that the workshop is to be held on Monday, January 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Conference Room at Presque Isle High School.

The format is scheduled to hear from 5 people who are for keeping the traditional harvest recess break and to hear from 5 people who are for doing away with it altogether.

Each speaker will have 5 minutes to speak to the board.

Historically, generations of youngsters in the County found themselves working the potato fields in order to help local farmers bring in the harvest.

Many local farmers are finding that fewer and fewer youngsters are signing up to help them and on top of that, there aren't as many potato farmers as there were many moons ago.

Some families take a vacation during the potato harvest, but years ago that was not the case. When it was harvest time; it was harvest time.

However, this is not the first time that County schools have re-evaluated whether or not they should take harvest recess.

In 2012, the Greater Houlton and Hodgdon School Districts did away with their harvest recess, but still allow students time off if they make up missed school work.

We'd like to know what you think.

Please take our quick poll below and let us know if you think SAD #1 should continue to keep the harvest recess, or if you think it's time to eliminate it altogether.



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