From left, Rotarian Aaron Hagan, Laura McCabe of Community Help, Caroline McCarthy of Bridge Crossing, Rotarian Jessica Putnam and daughter Landyn Putnam, Rotarian George Klauber and Friend of Rotary Diane Ozuma during gift giving at Bridge Crossing in Bridgton.

BRIDGTON — The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club donated 20 winter coats, 20 pairs of snow pants, 25 pairs of waterproof gloves, and 15 pairs of snow boots to the Crooked River Elementary School in Casco for distribution as needed by the school to children in need.

“In the past,” said Aaron Hagan, president 2022-23 of the local Rotary Club, “we’ve donated to the Songo Locks and Stevens Brook Elementary Schools. This year they were set, due to the generosity of others. The newly reopened Crooked River School had needs and would share with the other schools if some needs did develop.”  Rotarians George Klauber and Aaron Hagan were pleased to hand the gifts over to Principal Steve Gagne and his team the week before Christmas.

From left, Rotarians George Klauber and Aaron Hagan drop off children’s winter clothing with Crooked River Elementary School Principal Steve Gagne and staff member Elizabeth Shane. Contributed photo

At the same time, the Rotary Club donated several therapeutic devices to help students at Bridge Crossing adapt to classroom learning.

“When Laura McCabe at Community Help reached out to the community asking for holiday support for Bridge Crossing, I jumped into action,” President Jessica Putnam said.

“Although not as much fun for gifts as toys and even clothes, we knew it was exactly the type of need that Rotary would want to fulfill. We were so pleased to be able to help.”

Rotarians were given a tour of the rehabbed common space where students live, while the students were at their brand-new school in Bridgton.

For more information about Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club, see or go to its Facebook Page.

You may reach Jessica Putnam for answers to specific questions about Rotary at [email protected].

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