Friday, March 25, 2016

Boys and Girls State financial support - By Dave Tanguay

Over the past few weeks American Legion Post 148 has been providing information to local high school juniors about the exceptional Boys and Girls State programs. As in previous years, the interest level has grown to the point that the Field Allen Post and Auxiliary Unit funds can not cover all qualified candidates who would like to attend their respective state conventions. Several years ago, the Post was considered itself lucky to have one interested candidate. Moving ahead to the past five years interest has soared and the Post and Auxiliary have been able to meet these needs (with some outside support) to send up to seven delegates (collectively). Cost for the program, unfortunately, continues to increase. 

Currently there are at least nine interested juniors at Windham High School. The Post and Auxiliary financial resources, however, limit our sponsorship to two girls and two boys this year. Last year we were able to send four boys because of the generosity of members of the local community who took up the challenge and sponsored a student. The Post would like to extend the offer again this year to any citizen, organization or business who would like to insure that a girl or boy from the junior class can see first-hand, our democracy in action. Full sponsorship for Boys State has increased to $300 and Girls State is $320. Full or partial funding would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Finance Officer and Post Adjutant, Dave Tanguay at 892-1306 if you have questions or can sponsor a candidate for this worthy cause. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you may send a check to American Legion Post 148, PO Box 1776, Windham, Maine, 04062, and mark it Boys or Girls State.

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