JAY — The Spruce Mountain Outdoor Club, led by athletic director Marc Keller, received permission Thursday night from the Regional School Unit 73 Board of Directors for a canoe trip on the Moose River in Jackman.
“It’s a repeat of a trip we took last year,” Keller said. “We started here on a Saturday, cooked meals,” Keller said. “Kid should know the equipment he would use, did some canoeing on dry land.”
The group walked a bit because the water was low last year, Keller said. “A lot of faults that we would normally run, we didn’t get a chance to do.” He expects more water this year.
“It’s such a wonderful experience for the kids,” principal Phoebe Pike said. “I think it’s wonderful to bring kids out into nature, to have a good time, to create experiences and memories. I love that idea.
“It wasn’t just a canoe trip, it was an adventure,” noted director Patrick Milligan. “I really appreciate the effort that goes into it.”
“This is an ongoing activity that children can continue and teach their own children,” said board chairman Robert Staples.
This year, participants will spend Saturday, June 25 at the school, depart June 26, and return June 29. The trip is open to incoming freshmen and is a good opportunity to be part of the school, Keller said. .
The cost is $75 per student.
Director Joel Pike asked if there is a mechanism in place for students who do not have the money for the trip.
Last year, a woman reached out, wanting to sponsor a student, Keller said. It was not needed then, but is available this year if needed, he noted. A statewide program, Teens to Trails, has twice provided Keller with $500 to purchase equipment, and the remaining money could also be used, he added.
Students from Jay, Livermore, and Livermore Falls attend Spruce Mountain Schools.
In other activities, two-year contract renewals were approved for:
- Section 504 Coordinator Tina Collins
- Michael Glynn, Principal of Spruce Mountain Elementary School
- Curriculum and Technology Coordinator Chris Hollingsworth
- Marc Keller, Sporting Director of the SMHS
- SMHS Director TJ Plourde
- Carolyn Luce, Principal of Spruce Mountain Middle School
- Patrick St. Clair, Principal of Spruce Mountain Elementary School
- Cherie Parker, Director of Special Services
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