Future MSAD3 recently held its 8th annual Coin Drive throughout schools district-wide. Originally it was a penny drive, but for the past two years they have opted to accept all coins.

The first year they garnered $1,073, with Mount View Elementary collecting the highest amount, averaging $l.94 per pupil. Until last year, Bob Winship, (Future MSAD 3 Board of Director Beverly Winship’s father), of Thorndike, volunteered his energy to the time-consuming task of counting and rolling coins collected. He estimated it took nearly 60 hours each year but said he is happy to donate his time for our cause.

During the span of eight years, “Future” has collected $4,240 for Clifford Performing Arts Center. Currently, the coin drive has contributed $4,875 toward the present campaign of raising funds for much-needed essentials in the athletic department that were not funded by the state or local budgets. This year’s collection of $587.98 no doubt reflects the state of the economy, making each and every coin collected more appreciated.

Proceeds from this year’s coin drive will contribute to the installation costs of a multi-purpose scoreboard for the Mount View athletic complex. The installation of the scoreboard is slated for this summer.

Future MSAD 3 wishes to thank each and every one that supported the coin drives and other fundraising activities. It truly does “take a village” to accomplish ambitious goals.

The 8th annual Golf Tournament, which will take place Sept. 8 at Country View in Brooks, will again offer opportunities for continued support. Those interested can organize a team, sponsor a hole, donate a raffle prize, or just be there to enjoy the fun and camaraderie.