Ticonderoga Middle School seventh graders recently sold more than 530 calendars for the community’s First 250 Year Committee. The top salespeople received prizes. From left are: Lucas Grinnell, Jessica Bruce, Sierra Stacy, Bob Dedrick of the committee, teacher Kyle Lang and June Curtis, calendar project chairwoman.
A group of Ticonderoga students have completed a community service project, while helping themselves.
Ticonderoga Middle School seventh graders recently sold more than 530 calendars for the community’s First 250 Year Committee. Proceeds from the 2013 historical calendars will help pay for the group’s “signature event” during the 2014 celebration marking the 250th anniversary of the community.
“We’re still working on our signature event,” said Bob Dedrick, committee member. “We know it’ll involve a parade and fireworks, but we’re still working on the other details. We want it to be a really special event.”
Ticonderoga was first settled in 1764 when King George III divided 6,000 acres of land around Fort Ticonderoga among three officers at the fortess. John Stoughton was the first to settle in Ti. His land grant is dated July 24, 1764.
The committee, co-sponsored by the Ticonderoga Historical Society and the Ti Heritage Museum, has produced the calendar that looks at a particular part of local history each month from November 2012 through December 2013.
January 2013 looks at winter sports, February civic groups, March fire companies, April churches, May Fort Ticonderoga, June education, July celebrations, August lake transportation, September industry, October entertainment, November health care and December sports.
Steve Boyce and Rich Strum compiled the photos and historical footnotes for the calendar, Dedrick said.
The calendars, priced at $10 each, are on sale at the Hancock House, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, Rathbun’s Jewelry and the Burleigh Luncheonette. Anyone wishing to buy a calendar can call Dedrick at 585-7408.
The Ti students received $2 for each calendar they sold, raising $1,062. The money will be used for the annual seventh grade whale watch trip in the spring.
That weekend trip, which will include about 70 students, costs about $20,000, according to Kyle Lang, a teacher and trip coordinator.
“This will take care of a big part of the trip,” Lang said. “We’re thankful for the opportunity to help the committee and raise some money.”
The money, while welcome, is not the reason students are participating, explained Lang.
“It’s really a community service project,” Lang said. “The money is great, but we want our students involved in the community. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of an important celebration.”
Lucas Grinnell led all students by selling 104 calendars. He received a Kindle Fire for his efforts.
Jessica Bruce was the second best salesperson and received a $100 gift card donated by Wal-Mart. Sierra Stacy was third and earned a $50 gift card donated by Dunkin Donuts.