Thanks From SAD 44
To the Editor:
On behalf of MSAD 44, I would like to acknowledge several major donations that the district has recently received and thank those donors for the positive impact these contributions have made on the school district, its students and the community as a whole.
During the previous school year, the school system received an anonymous $50,000 donation in memory of the Cross Brothers of Mt. Abram. This generous contribution allowed the school system to upgrade the sound system in the Helen C. Berry Auditorium at the Telstar complex, purchase a set of portable risers for use at our elementary school concerts, and set some funds aside to benefit the MSAD 44 Wellness Team. The auditorium project was completed recently and the acoustics are now greatly improved.
Late last spring, Michael Pelletier and his company, Clean Cut Painting, volunteered the labor to scrape, prep, and paint the district’s bus garage. This effort resulted in an improved facility that now provides a much more welcoming first impression to visitors entering Bethel. Enhancing this project was the lettering on the garage provided by Jewel Clark. Ms. Clark has been a longtime supporter of the district.
Most recently, a new and innovative partnership between Telstar High School and Central Maine Community College received two significant donations. Project Opportunity will fund all tuition-related expenses for Telstar participants up to a total of $25,000. The Sunday River Ski Resort has donated another $12,500 to help cover the costs of any other expenses associated with this program.
MSAD 44 has benefited significantly from the efforts of many local businesses and individuals in recent years. Thanks to the generosity of many people, we have seen successful Contractors’ Day projects completed at our schools, as well as many other positive accomplishments throughout the district.
These donations, as well as the many other types of support that our schools receive on a regular basis, are always greatly appreciated.
David W. Murphy, Ed.D.