NEWBURYPORT —The Newburyport Education Foundation invites the public to a Celebration of Support and a tour of the school at the new Francis T. Bresnahan Elementary School Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The new Bresnahan School entrance is off North Atkinson Street between High and Low streets.

“On this special night we will unveil the commemorative signs sponsored by many generous donors as part of our donor recognition naming program in the new school,” said Cindy Johnson, NEF board member. “This will be an opportunity to see the new school and thank the many supporters.”

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the NEF continues to make much needed resources available in our public schools. We recently completed our 2014 campaign which included funding lights, sound, and curtains needed to restore the RAN auditorium back into a top-flight performing arts space,” Johnson said. “We launch our campaign for 2015 very soon—there is still a lot of work to be done in our schools! “

So far rooms and areas in the new Bresnahan school have been named for the Institution for Savings, the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, the Mary Alice Arakelian Foundation, Chase and Lunt Insurance, the Newburyport Rotary Club, Jack and Denise Bradshaw, and by family members in honor and memory of Joseph J. Skiba, Carol Kalashian Mullen, Ralph T. Castagna, Katherine T. (Aurslanian) Bresnahan, and Patricia E. McGrath. These donors will be recognized and honored at the Celebration of Support. There are still many naming opportunities available at the new school.

Through the NEF’s Make Your Mark recognition program, donors can name a room at Newburyport high school, middle school, or elementary school to create a lasting tribute or memorial. A plaque is prominently displayed with the honoree’s name. Naming opportunities range from $2,500 to $100,000 and there are many opportunities still available. Donations can be made via secure online credit card, by mail, or in person. Learn more about these opportunities and the Make Your Mark Campaign at or or call 978-463-7893.

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