Horace Mitchell Elementary, Shapleigh Middle School and Traip Academy helped to
plant trees on Nov 8th at Memorial Park under construction next to
Town Hall to help create a more beautiful future, and also gained a new
appreciation of the past — all intended to honor local veterans
Gathered here in front of the Thresher Monument
menhir as School Committee Chairman Kenneth Lemont, a member of the
Thresher Memorial Project Group, begins the ceremony.
Paul Leblanc of Kittery Point, Army veteran (Vietnam) and
Rolling Thunder Patriot Motorcycle Club member, led the Pledge of
and reminded the
students and others in attendance
of the debt owed to those being honored.
Project Canopy coordinator for the
Maine Department of
Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry,
assistance provided some of the funds for the trees,
provides some tips and
Participating students included Aram Brewer,
Maya Wheeler, Kendal Stuart, Isabelle Piche, Walter Rose, Johnjoe Reeve, Tegan
Page, Sheyenne Nichols, Andrew Brayne and Mathew Major. State representatives Roberta Beavers and
Deane Rykerson attended, as did Superintendent of Schools Allyn Hutton and
Mitchell Principal David Foster.
Jan Santerre, Project Canopy coordinator for the
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, thanked the