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Opinion

December 5, 2013

Thanks for supporting Amesbury schools

To the Editor:

On Oct. 21 almost 200 people gathered together at the Ale House in Amesbury to eat, drink and to celebrate education in the Amesbury Public Schools.

The Amesbury Educational Foundation Inc (AEFI) awarded the $10,000 Jordan M Shay Memorial Grant to Kristin Dore and Ernie Bissillian for their nature trail proposal at the Middle School. That trail will be named after Brad Ford. The grant comes with the right to house the Jordan Shay trophy for the year and there is no doubt that both Jordan and Brad would have been thrilled.

The $5,000 grant went to Leslie Barnaby of the Cashman Elementary School for, Now You See It, Now You Don’t, a visual presentation system for the computer lab at the Cashman Elementary School.

To date AEFI has contributed over $400,000 in grants and scholarships to the Amesbury Public Schools. An evening like this requires a team effort and a lot of thank you’s.

First our biggest corporate sponsor came through as always and AEFI once again thanks the Provident Bank who has been there from the beginning as they consistently support the mission of enhancing the Amesbury Public Schools.

Jeff Nahas, Matt Chase and the entire crew of the Ale House outdid themselves with great food and outstanding service. Shaheen Brothers with an assist from Peter Corrigan donated much of the food with Cider Hill and Bartlett Farm donating the fresh vegetables and apples. Healy, Deshaies, Gagliardi and Woelfel donated the ever popular pint glasses.

The silent auction had items from Laurie and Jay Knapp, Cathy Toomey, Murray Bailey, Melissa Lachance, Billy McLane, Gary Coltin from the Provident Bank, and the AEFI Board of Directors.

AEFI would like to thank all of these people but in particular the teachers and staff of all of our schools. They work hard every day to ensure that our children get the education they deserve. While it is a cliché to say the children are our future it is true and all of us that are a part of AEFI know that the teachers and staff do the best they can day after day and our children are lucky to be educated in the Amesbury School system.

Laurie Knapp

President Amesbury Educational Foundation Inc.

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