AVON – Pathway Partners of SAD 58 recently received a $7,500 grant from the Western Mountains Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to support and expand the school-community partnership in a collaborative effort with more community organizations, social service agencies, businesses and colleges.

Funds will also be used to improve the Opportunity Center of North Franklin County at the former Lauri Toy Factory in Avon to provide training and other services to residents of North Franklin County.

“We are very excited to be active participants in this grass-roots initiative connecting education and training with business and economic development,” said Gary Perlson, Pathway Partners director and Opportunity Center board member.

“The Opportunity Center of North Franklin County provides a model for rural communities seeking an asset-based approach to developing creative economic and community revitalization. We are proud to have the Maine Community Foundation as a partner.”

Pathway Partners, serving the schools and communities of North Franklin County, was founded in 1997. Its mission is to raise the aspirations, skills and attitudes of people of all ages to create a brighter future for the communities and economy.

Pathway Partners focuses the resources of its partners in education, government, business and the community to provide a seamless transition from school life to a successful career/life pathway for every student.

Founded in 1983, the Maine Community Foundation makes grants and provides leadership to strengthen Maine communities. For more information, visit the foundation’s Web site at www.mainecf.org, the Pathway Partners Web site at www.pathwaypartners.org or the Opportunity Center’s Web site at www.ocnfc.org.

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