Friendship School sells posters to fund technology upgrades

By Beth A. Birmingham | Aug 10, 2014
Courtesy of: Brooke Simmons Regional School Unit 40 Board of Directors member Errol Silvestri along with students and staff from Friendship Village School sold posters at Friendship Day July 26 to raise money for some of the school's extra-curricular activities. Also pictured are student Wyatt Simmons, teaching principal Christina Labbe, board member Brooke Simmons, and student Walker Simmons.

Friendship — On Friendship Day July 26, a group of Friendship Village School students, parents, teachers and board members sold posters to help raise funds for technology for the school.

It is estimated that it will cost upwards of $5,000 to complete the projectors and other Apple products the school is looking to purchase, according to Regional School Unit 40 Board Member Brooke Simmons.

Sales of the posters, along with some homemade cards donated by kindergarten teacher Heidi McKechnie, and some other monetary donations brought the total to $780 before Friendship Community Club made up the difference to bring the day's total to $1,000.

Through the generosity of a summer resident, Friendship Village School hopes to raise between $2,000 to $10,000 to put toward the project.

Nat Clapp and his wife Nester of Ipswich, Mass. have been coming back to Friendship Village for the past 15 summers. Last year he began taking photographs of some of the fishing vessels in the harbor, and they came up with the idea to make it a fundraiser for the school.

"My wife and I love spending the summers here," said Clapp. "We wanted to know how we could help the area. I'm just a guy with a camera."

Clapp took some of his photographs to a designer, who chose the most colorful in nature and boat names, and included 12 on the poster, Fishing Vessels of Friendship.

Some of the vessel names include Indecision, Happy Crab, Never Anuff, Ricky Business, Bout Time, and Makes No Cents.

Of the 100 he had printed initially about 50 remain. He hopes to have to print more, depending on sales. The posters are on sale for $20 apiece and are available at Wallace's Market, Friendship Library, the Friendship Town Office, and Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro.

For more information, contact Friendship Village School at 832-5057.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Comments (1)
Posted by: GAIL HAWES | Aug 12, 2014 06:10

It's so nice to see a community rally around a school and to that the students are dedicated as well in doing a fundraisers. I'm glad we get to read these stories in the news too. Good luck with your fundraising!



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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.

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