February 4, 2017- Bloomfield Elementary held a school-wide skating event as part of Maine Outdoor Weekend on February 4. Bloomfield Elementary is a school of around 300 students in grades 1-3 in Skowhegan. With the generous grant from the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend we were able to purchase sixteen pairs of skates. We had around 40 children throughout the afternoon skating at the Skowhegan Ice Rink. At one point, all of the skates were “checked out” and with other students bringing their skates, it was a bustling rink. Most of the students who came to borrow the skates had never been skating and loved the opportunity to try out a new sport. Since the weekend we have had numerous children want to check out the skates at school, taking them home to enjoy the rink with their families. We are so grateful for the opportunity to bring a new lifelong sport to so many of our students. Thank you!