AUGUSTA – The Maine Principals’ Association has named Beryl Ayotte of Presque Isle and Allan Smith of Farmington as the recipients of the 2005 Service to Maine Youth Award.

The award, which is given annually, recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the youth of Maine through education and/or the general welfare of Maine youth.

Smith has a reputation in the Farmington area as a community leader, volunteer and constant advocate for youth. As a board member in SAD 9 for 18 years, Smith demonstrated that children were his first priority.

For 36 years, he has volunteered as a ski instructor for children at Titcomb Mountain and for the last 11 years, he has logged more than 2,000 hours as a school volunteer.

On a weekly basis, Smith swims with a special education class at the UMF Fitness Center, reads to several kindergarten and first-grade classes and models the love of reading, and serves as a mentor to kindergarten through grade three students on a one-to-one basis.

He is also first in line to volunteer during field days, Winter Fun Day, Colonial Days and field trips.

He also steps in as a substitute grandparent during special events when a child is in need of a grandparent.

As Maine’s 2005 Service to Maine Youth awardees, Ayotte and Smith will be honored at the MPA’s Spring Conference awards banquet on April 28.

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