NEWBURYPORT — The Newburyport Education Foundation (NEF) announced it has kicked off a Naming Recognition Campaign to raise money for the Newburyport Public Schools. The NEF’s campaign offers naming opportunities at the new Bresnahan School as a way to recognize donors for their support.
The Bresnahan School has already been named by the city to honor former Superintendent Francis Bresnahan, but the School Committee has authorized the NEF, in concert with the superintendent, to name rooms at the new school through the NEF “Make Your Mark” program. Over the last 10 years, naming tributes at the high school and middle schools have recognized businesses, alumni, and community members. With the new school opening in fall, 2014, it is the perfect time to do the same at the new school. Funds raised through the naming campaign will fund projects across the district, chosen for their strategic value, to be part of the current NEF campaign.
“We are proud to continue this tradition by giving donors the opportunity for recognition at the new elementary school,” said Jeff Gray, NEF president. “Our recognition program is a great way to honor a loved one or make a permanent tribute and benefit the Newburyport Public Schools at the same time.”
Chase and Lunt Insurance is one of the first donors in this new campaign and donated $15,000 to benefit the Newburyport Public Schools. The gift will be recognized with the naming of the new lobby at the Bresnahan Elementary School.
“Our support of the schools through the NEF is part of our ongoing community involvement, and we are very pleased to contribute to enhancing the learning environment for students,” said Jay Howlett, president, Chase and Lunt Insurance.
“The Newburyport business community has been a vital partner to the schools and their support has made Newburyport a leader not only in school-business partnerships, but also in the formation of a local education foundation,” said Cindy Johnson, NEF board member. “Chase and Lunt’s Jay Howlett was an early board member of what is now the NEF Business Coalition. The Institution for Savings and the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, founding supporters of the NEF, have been recognized through the program, as has the NAID Foundation, a stalwart supporter of school-business partnerships.”