Deer Isle-Stonington High School beautification day a team effort



DEER ISLE — Over 50 community members, parents, current and former Deer Isle-Stonington High School students and staff spent Saturday, Aug. 11, revitalizing the high school building.

Community School District 13 School Board Chairwoman Jane Osborne said the projects included painting the front of the school’s exterior and an inner courtyard.

Volunteers reclaimed and replanted the front and courtyard gardens, added new flower boxes and installed 12 new granite benches.

Osborne said Dennis Duquette, the new high school principal, said during his job interview that one of his first projects would be to beautify the school to begin fostering school pride within the students and community.

“This idea tapped into the interest and energy for such a project within the community,” Osborne said.

Tracie Morey, a parent and community member, helped coordinate the effort and collected needed equipment and supplies, as did social studies teacher Terry Siebert, guidance secretary Susan Siebert and math teacher Mary Penfold.

In addition to volunteers, many area businesses supported the project through reduced pricing and/or donations.

The businesses included Billings Diesel and Marine, Island Agency, MD Joyce & Co., Poland Springs, Tradewinds, The Granite Shop and United Rentals of Bangor.

Community members, staff and students have voiced interest in continuing to help work on revitalizing the building. It is expected that more events will be scheduled in the future, but no concrete plans have been made at this time.