SULLIVAN — Two Hancock County schools recently received anonymous donations that will go toward benefiting student needs.
The donations, to Cave Hill School in Eastbrook and the Peninsula School in Prospect Harbor, totaled $10,000. The Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) Board approved the gifts at its Feb. 5 meeting.
“The Peninsula School had a donation made by a summer resident, I believe, that was received prior to the holidays for the purpose of providing discretionary funds for the principal,” said RSU 24 Superintendant Mike Eastman. “The donation to Cave Hill School requested that it be used for a broad range of student needs, from academics to athletics.”
The donation to Cave Hill School was for $8,000. Principal Brenda Jordan indicated that this was not the first time the anonymous donor had given to the school.
“It’s a member of our community who has supported our local school for many years, and the only stipulation is that it be used to benefit all students and staff,” Jordan said. “It helps to supplement things in our arts programs, academics and athletics that are not in our budget.”
That includes purchasing water coolers, designing school-wide T-shirts and bringing a theater residency to the K-through-eighth-grade school.
At the Peninsula School, which received a $2,000 donation, Principal Sally Leighton said it was also not the first time the donor had given to the school.
“We are so fortunate that in our little school in this community, that people are generous and give us great donations,” Leighton said. “This person over the past two years has given us $10,000, $3,000 in the fall and $2,000 at Christmas.”
The money is used for a variety of things. The school is able to provide winter coats, hats and gloves for students in the winter. It helps purchase backpacks and school supplies for kids who may need them. And it helps cover the cost of insurance for sports for parents who might not be able to afford such an expense.
“One of the worst things for a kid can be not having what other kids do,” Leighton said. “And with this, no kid has to feel that way.”