Creative License Marks Lewiston Check Ceremony


JMG. Jumpstart Our Youth, JOY, LRTC, Skills USA

Jason Merritt (far left) and Andy D’Eramo accept their JOY grant and a tool box full of “soft tools” from Katelynn Annance, Colin Mannon and Heidi Coughlin of Lewiston’s JMG.

So many gifts – both silly and serious. And so many checks – all well deserved. The 135 JMG students at Lewiston Regional Technical Center held a check presentation ceremony for the seven local nonprofits chosen as the JOY grantees for 2013. And this ceremony was the whole package!

Under the leadership and encouragement of Specialist Lynn MacDonald, students took on both very visible roles in emceeing, speaking and presenting, but also the important behind-the scenes roles in food organization, photography and greeting and escorting the guests as well as sending out thank you notes to those who came. From aspiring comedians to chefs in training, there was something from everyone.

 And the personal touches were heartfelt. Unity Foundation program officer Lori Roming received a photo collage to thank her for Unity’s years of support as did JMG Board member Cary Olson-Cartwright and JMG President Craig Larrabee.  Even the grant recipients received homemade “gifts.”  Sonia St. Pierre of Future Business Leaders of America was offered whole new business wardrobe, accented by leopard print pumps.Katelynne Annance and Colin Mannon presented Skills USA recipients Jason Merritt and Andy D’Eramo with a tool box of “soft tools” such as leadership and communications to recognize the student development taught by the organization. Ultimately, the seven JOY grant recipients received a total of $3,000 and the best relationship-building day ever!