The Central Office for the Lisbon School Department is like a lot of old buildings in the state of Maine. Many of these older buildings need renovations and other enhancements. With the current economy and budget cuts everywhere, all too often getting the work done is a challenge.

A few years back, Lisbon’s Central Office was moved to the old Lisbon Elementary School building. After the move it was in need of a new sign for the building.

At the beginning of this school year, Darrell Orr, the Interim Director of Facilities and Transportation for the Lisbon Schools, approached Pam Ouellette, one of the art teachers at the high school, about the possibility of LHS art students making a new sign for the Central Office. All the wood and other materials would be donated by Mr. Orr.

Ms. Ouellette and her students were anxious to start the project. Once the outline was complete, students used their spare time between school work, study halls and time after school to work on the sign. “It is great for the kids to do art related projects for the community. They share a connection in the community and it makes them proud to do projects like the sign,” commented Ms. Ouellette.

Thanks to the talented and dedicated staff and students of the art department at Lisbon High School, the public can drive by and clearly see the old elementary building has been renovated into the new Superintendent’s Office.

The sign has added a special touch to Lisbon’s Central Office. Thanks to the citizens of Lisbon saving the LHS Art Department from budget cuts last spring, art students had an opportunity to give back to the community.

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