Windows to the Past

Aerial photo of Good Will-Hinckley

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is the eighth installment in an ongoing series about the unique history of Good Will-Hinckley. To read any installment, click on its link: Part I; Part II; Part III; Part IV; Part V; Part VI; Part VII. From the moment you step under the neo-Georgian building’s high brick archway and into the main lobby,… Read more »

Loving the Little Things

Loving the Little Things: Campers

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is the seventh installment in an ongoing series about the unique history of Good Will-Hinckley. To read the previous installments, click on one of the following links: Part I; Part II; Part III; Part IV; Part V; Part VI. In a typical community, summer is a time for students to get an education outside… Read more »

A Graduating Class Like No Other

A Class like no Other: Good Will-Hinckley

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is the sixth installment in an ongoing series about the unique history of Good Will-Hinckley. To read the previous installments, click on one of the following links: Part I; Part II; Part III; Part IV; Part V. Across the country, high-school seniors are having to trade a walk across the stage and a handshake… Read more »

Embracing Our New Educational Reality

Good Will-Hinckley: Embracing our new educational reality

Reading Time: 3 minutes During the past few months, students at the Glenn Stratton Learning Center in Hinckley, Maine have taken field trips to see the Congo River, New York City’s Central Park and a bagpipe performance of “Amazing Grace” in Scotland. All they needed was a Google Classroom account (and a few wonderful tour guides). These virtual field… Read more »

Walking the Trails of History

Walking the Trails of History: Good Will-Hinckley

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is the fifth installment in an ongoing series about the unique history of Good Will-Hinckley. To read the previous installments, click on one of the following links: Part I; Part II; Part III; Part IV. On the first weekend of May, with the sun shining bright and temperatures well into sixties, dozens of people—families,… Read more »

Learning lessons for the future

Lessons learned: Good Will-Hinkley

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is the fourth installment in an ongoing series about the unique history of Good Will-Hinckley. To read Part I, click here. For Part II, click here. For Part III, click here.  Like much of the world at the time, the Good Will-Hinckley community wasn’t immune to the devastating impacts of the Spanish Flu, which… Read more »

Finding a Way

Finding a Way: Good Will-Hinckley

Reading Time: 4 minutes Each month, I’ll be writing a blog about the unique history of Good Will-Hinckley and how George Walter Hinckley’s mission still resonates today. To read Part I, click here. For Part II, click here. During its 131-year history, Good Will-Hinckley has touched the lives of thousands of young people. Most have been from Maine, the… Read more »

A Mission of Good Will, Part II: Back to the Land

Back to the land: Good Will-Hinckley

Reading Time: 4 minutes Each month, I’ll be writing a blog about the unique history of Good Will-Hinckley, and how George Walter Hinckley’s mission still resonates today. Click here to read Part I of the series. A few years ago, around the time that the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences (MeANS) was considering a new agriculture program, we started… Read more »

A Mission of Good Will, Part I: Growing Roots

Reading Time: 4 minutes In 2019, 130 years after George Walter Hinckley purchased the 125-acre plot that would become his life’s legacy, Good Will-Hinckley rolled out a new logo. If you look closely, you’ll see silhouettes of a young boy and girl reading beneath a green tree, a small school in the background. What I love about the logo… Read more »