Susan Walsh of the Pathways program at Sumner Memorial High School listens as one of the two students in attendance with her at a recent ceremony in Machias talks about the program and the difference it has made in her life. The program received a $2,000 grant from the Machias Savings Bank Foundation.

Sumner’s Pathways program awarded $2,000 grant

MACHIAS — Sumner Memorial High School’s Pathways program was among the 13 recipients that were awarded Community Development Grants from the Machias Savings Bank Foundation in a recent ceremony in Machias.

The foundation awarded a total of $50,000 in grants to organizations located in six different counties.

“We have done this program for 14 years now, and it’s so inspiring to hear how hard people are working,” said Machias Savings Bank President Larry Barker. “There is a need out there for funds to help organizations focused on food security, education, safety, heating and so much more.

“Maine is a state full of good people doing good things, and Machias Savings Bank is honored to be able to help in this way.”

Sumner’s Pathways program received $2,000 to create a partnership with NTI to prepare between two and four students for certification to job readiness when they graduate.

“Since 2013 through the 2018 graduation date, 59 students have graduated from the Pathways program,” said the program’s Susan Walsh. “By all accounts they would not have graduated or earned a high school diploma otherwise.

“Forty percent of those students were either homeless or had an incarcerated parent or had a deceased parent. And all 59 as of last June 2018 were in a post-graduate program or fully employed.”

Grants were also awarded to three organizations in Washington County.

The Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry in Calais received $3,600 for chest freezer replacements, allowing for more food to be stored and distributed to those in need.

The Lubec Community Outreach Center received $5,200 for increased cooling for more food storage as well.

A $2,000 grant was also awarded to 350 Down East.

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