FARMINGTON — An anonymous gift of $1,000 cash has been given to the junior class at Mt. Blue High School for a class trip next year and other projects as the students approach their graduation.

This is the second time an envelope containing $1,000 has been left at the school for the Class of 2012, junior Ashley Hardy, the co-chairman of the junior class prom committee, said.

“We just want to thank whoever is doing this,” Hardy said Wednesday.

She said a letter enclosed with the money commended the class for its hard work putting on a dance last week that raised money for the junior and sophomore class.

“It is just so amazing someone would do this,” she said.

The money was in an envelope addressed to the Class of 2012 that was found during a committee meeting held in Alicia Wolfe’s classroom. Wolfe and Theresa Hardy are co-class advisers.

Last year, another $1,000 donation, believed to be donated by the same person, was left in an envelope in the main office, Ashley said.

The junior class is busy planning fundraisers, with the immediate goal of putting on the senior class prom to be held May 21 at the high school. The junior class has set a $5,000 budget for the big dance that will have a decorating theme of ancient Greece, with a DJ, dancing, food and contests.

“We want this to be a night for the seniors to remember. It is a big event for everyone,” she said.

“With the economy as bad as it is, it is hard to find ways to raise money,” Ashley said. “One of our goals is to be able to pay for each student’s cap and gown when they graduate next year.”

The class is also trying something new, she said.

They are rallying the student body and the community to cast votes online in a prom contest sponsored by Stumps, one of the top prom and party companies in the country.

Each state will have its own top winners, with the first five eligible entries that receive 250,000 votes getting a $1,000 Stumps Party gift certificate. The school with the highest number of votes in their state could earn another $1,000 in merchandise, Theresa Hardy said.

The grand prize of a $5,000 gift certificate will go to the first two entries in the country to receive 1 million votes.

The pressure is on at Mt. Blue to get as many votes as possible by getting people to cast as many ballots as they can before the 11:59 p.m. March 16 deadline. Winners will be announced March 23.

“So far, Mt. Blue is the No. 1 school in votes in Maine,” Theresa Hardy said. “We want to get the word out in the community about this.”

According to the Stumps Party website, as of Thursday afternoon, Mt. Blue was leading in Maine with 14,421 votes. Lake Region High School in Naples had 13,401 and Catherine McAuley High School in Portland, 11,063.

Maine schools have a long way to go to catch up with Alief Taylor High School in Houston, Tex., that has so far garnered 83,663 votes.

According to the contest rules, schools with 125,000 votes will receive a prom decorating kit valued at $300, and 50,000 votes earn a crown, tiara and sashes for the king and queen.

Mt. Blue has already reached the 10,000-vote mark, which means it will receive 100 personalized candy bars and a personalized banner, items that can be used for fundraising raffles.

Votes may be cast www.stumpsparty.com/freeprom. A valid e-mail address is required to register and get a password, and voting is done on the website by clicking on the green “vote” box and then the state and high school.


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