York County Retired Educators Association (YCREA) held their 10th annual Day of Caring at Marshwood Middle School (MMS) on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Each year, as part of a statewide volunteer project, each county association of the Maine Education Association “Retired”, does “Something Special” for a school in their county on or around September 11th. This is their way to honor those affected by the tragic events of that infamous day.
Students from St. Joseph’s College, staff from Marshwood Middle School and MEA President, Grace Leavitt joined YCREA members at MMS for a very successful workday. They painted in the cafeteria, in a locker room, and in the gymnasium. They also painted a large storage cabinet located in the MMS art room. They dusted shelves in the library and cleaned and arranged displays in three large cabinets located in the MMS main lobby. After their work was finished, they enjoyed a wonderful lunch provided by Principal, Tony Bourbon.
YCREA was also able to donate to the school, backpacks, school supplies and a generous check to be used for students and staff, thanks to the support of many YCREA members, active MEA members from York County, MEA President, Grace Leavitt, MEA Uniserve Director, Judy Beverage and the Staples Store in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, thanks to manager Matt Haas.
YCREA members would like to thank Mr. Rex. Gosselin, Head Custodian at MMS, for organizing the jobs and tasks and making sure they had the necessary tools and supplies to complete their work. In addition, thank you to Stephen Baldoumas, Director of the MSAD #35 food service program. Stephen made sure they had an amazing lunch available for everyone to enjoy as this “Day Of Caring” came to a close.
Day of Caring has become a very special activity in our association. It is amazing what can be accomplished when you work together to make a difference for others.