The sixth annual penny drive sponsored by nonprofit Future MSAD 3 will include all SAD 3 schools. Funds raised through the Penny Drive will support Future’s campaign for enhancements to Mount View’s new and existing athletic and recreational facilities.

Since 2004 participating SAD 3 elementary schools have raised $7,362.59 to support enhancements to the new Mount View — including The Clifford Performing Arts Center and the new campaign for athletic and recreational facilities.

Mount View High School launches its penny drive for Future to coincide with its Winter Carnival, Feb. 8 through Feb.12. Mount View Middle School will join the six elementary schools in the district, with all launching their penny drive activities Monday, March 1. The penny drive will conclude Friday, March 26. Participating elementary schools include: Monroe Elementary, Unity Elementary, Mount View Elementary, Walker Elementary in Liberty, Troy Central and Morse Memorial in Brooks.

The slogan for the 2010 penny drive is “When we work together, we are one team”

The fundraiser is being coordinated by Future MSAD 3 Event Committee Co-Chairs Bev Winship and Barbara Higgins, with volunteer support from Donyse Babin, Jacquie Ludden, Paula Miron, Sherry Vashon, and numerous SAD 3 school secretaries, administrators and faculty who assist with Penny Drive activities.

First Things First is the initial phase of a capital campaign for Mount View athletics. Future must raise $57,000 as soon as possible to complete the funding for the infrastructure that was put in place at Mount View’s athletic complex this past summer and fall. The underground infrastructure needed to be in first — before any other athletic enhancements can be added. To date, more $67,000 has been raised in contributions and pledges from 286 donors.

Funds raised through First Things First support areas not covered by the state or the district by providing water and electrical conduit to new and existing athletic fields, and water, power and sewer lines to a planned outdoor concession building.

While a new, permanent outdoor concession building to include athletic storage areas and public rest rooms will be funded later during a major capital campaign, Future is now raising funds for the building’s utilities that have been put in place and capped
— water, power and sewer.

For more information on the campaign, Mount View athletic facility naming opportunities, or to contribute: call 948-6120 or e-mail futuremsad3@yahoo.com or visit futuremsad3.org. Find Future MSAD 3 on Facebook. Contributions can be sent to Future MSAD 3, P.O. Box 151, Unity, ME 04988.