Will you accept the 'Crockett Challenge?'
Rockport — The Community Bleacher Project at Camden Hills Regional High School has gotten even closer to becoming a reality thanks to a challenge for a matching contribution by two former area teachers.
Charlie and Penny Crockett -- long-time teachers, coaches, Washington Trip organizers, sports broadcasters and school supporters -- have issued a challenge that they will match any size donation, up to a total of $5,000, made between May 19 and June 9.
The Crocketts focus in issuing the funding challenge is to reach the more than 3,000 Windjammer students who have gone on the Washington Trip during the past 30 years. between 1985 and 2013.
The yearly trip is funded by a donation established in the 1930s by a community member. That gift to the community is excellent example of the “Pay It Forward” principle the Crocketts stress in each Washington Trip organizational meeting.
The challenge is an opportunity for anyone who went to Camden-Rockport High School or Camden Hills Regional High School to contribute, no matter how large or small, to a project that will benefit future generations of students, parents, fans and visitors.
To be counted as part of the Crockett Challenge, donations should be made out to Camden Hills Community Bleacher Project and sent to the Crocketts at 648 Camden Road, Hope, ME 04847.
Along with any donation, the Washington Trip year should be included so the donation will be counted with others from the class to add up to a brick paver or bleacher row, labeled, for example, “Washington Trip 1999, Class of 2000.” Additionally, anyone donating to the Crockett Challenge will have their names displayed in the press box.
The Crocketts also would appreciate former students including a note sharing a favorite memory of their Washington Trip.
A tally of donations from the Crockett Challenge will be announced at 6:30 a.m. June 21, just before the class of 2015 departs on the Washington Trip of 2014 - the 30th year the Crocketts have led the trip.
More information on the Bleacher Project is available on the website camdenhillscommunitybleacherproject.com and on Facebook.
To date, the Bleacher Project has received $105,000 in donations and pledges, allowing the initial order of bleachers to be made, according to Athletic Director Steve Alex.
Community members already have donated construction materials and labor, reducing the total cost to about $150,000, but more donations are needed to complete the funding of the project, he said.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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