July 1, 2007
Blaine Bridge Community Preservation Project
The Blaine Bridge Community
Preservation Project is pleased to announce the establishment of an
educational trust fund for all students in the Bridgeport School System.
A check for $2000 was delivered by project Chief Officer Sue Douglass, to
Bridgeport Superintendent Mark Matz , along with the signed trust document
prepared by Judge Frank Fregiato. The 1828 Blaine Bridge Educational Activity
Fund will be operational with the start of the 2007-2008 school year.
“We are appreciative of any group who helps our kids, and its especially nice
when it comes from someone in our district”, said Matz. “ This gift shows
where the heart of the Blaine Bridge is”.
The conditions of the fund include all students in the Bridgeport public
school system, as well as those attending St. Joseph Central. Its primary
focus is to have every 5th grader visit the 1828 Blaine Bridge
each year to learn about that site and local history in general. In addition
to these annual field trips, additional educational activities may be
provided, depending on the specific plan and having the prior approval of the
superintendent , whose office will oversee the fiscal issues.
The fund also is designed to grow, and may receive additional monies from
donations, gifts, etc.. The intent is that the trust be held in perpetuity ,
providing a highlight in the study and appreciation of local history for
generations to come.
“ We are very excited and hugely grateful to have this money available from
the diligent, hard work of our project members. And being able to use it as
a gift for our children , and future generations of children, is a
heartwarming thrill for us”, said Douglass. “ A main reason for saving this
superb artifact was to encourage understanding and appreciation of the area we
call home, giving our children a deep sense of solid roots in the American
community. Fifth graders are at the right spot in their education to grasp the
great significance of this bridge. And with the trust’s additional features,
there is an opportunity to use the site for band concerts, art shows, and any
number of other enjoyable and informational experiences so that all students
have the chance to keep local history alive and well”.
The members of the Project will remain as contacts and support personnel
available to the schools, and provide materials as they are available.
The Blaine Bridge group is meeting on Wednesday, July 11th ,
starting at 7pm, for a Bridge Walk on the 1828 Blaine Bridge.
It is open to the public. Walking shoes and a chair are suggested.
Refreshments will be served. In case of bad weather , the group will meet at
their regular location, the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church. For
additional information call Peg Baker, 740-695-1891.