Friday, 16 March 2018 22:12

Dexter Outdoor Life showcases its talent at the Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show

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ORONO - It's something you've heard from your grandparents and parents. 

“They have developed extremely defined motor skills, they need to get out more. There’s a lot going out in the world that they need to experience,” Penobscot County Conservation Board of Director's member Tony Richard said with a smile. 

 

Dexter Outdoor Life Project Based Learning is one of the hundreds of vendors at the Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show. It's special in that it teaches kids what they want to learn.

 

“Everybody has a genius in them but not everyone finds that because they don’t get that support that encouragement that redirection that finds it,” Dexter Outdoor Life teacher Steven Pratt said. 

 

Pratt, David Holmes and Jeff Small all teach science and history, but they also delve into graphic design, carpentry and other essential life skills.

 

“They learn so many skills being a productive worker but also being successful socially which will help them work up the ladder by helping them learn how to deal with people,” Pratt said

 

The kids couldn’t be at the event tonight, but they’ll hard at work in Orono tomorrow. As they’ll be putting on a show, doing what they love most.

 

“It’s almost like home to them, they enjoy being in the environment and like its almost like a second home,” Pratt said.

 

Andrew Badillo

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Andrew Badillo joined the ABC 7 and FOX 22 sports team in August 2017.

Before ABC 7 and FOX 22, Andrew graduated from Quinnipiac University with a degree in broadcast journalism. At Quinnipiac, Andrew was a member of the school's student-run television station, Q30 Television, where he served as its general manager, vice president, sports anchor and reporter. He gained experience covering Quinnipiac Athletics and was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists and College Media Association for his work.

In addition to his experience at Q30, Andrew also gained professional experience at MLB Network and News 12 Connecticut.

Originally from Orangeburg, New York, Andrew is excited to get his career started in Bangor. He is especially eager to get to know the great local sports community in the North Region.

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