Lincoln Academy was honored at the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting with the Business Enhancement Award. This award is presented to the business or organization that has enhanced the business and/or community climate as well as the overall economic health of the region. The accomplishments have been realized through growth in products or services, a change in mission or purpose, or a growth in services provided within the community.
In presenting the award, Chamber Membership Chair John Bottero called attention to Lincoln Academy’s long history of providing an excellent education to local students, and its new residential program that brings students from all over the world to midcoast Maine, where they are active in the local community.
In accepting the award, Head of School David Sturdevant highlighted the mutually beneficial relationship between local businesses and Lincoln Academy: a thriving community is good for the school, and the school contributes to local economic development. Addressing the members of the Chamber, Mr. Sturdevant said,
“Your work as individuals, as businesses, and as an organization, impacts us, and makes this area an attractive place for people to live, to relocate, and to bring their families. A thriving community is also a great place to have a school. The fact that our students, be they local or boarding, can access such a great array of goods and services is not one that we take for granted. I know what communities look like that lack one or both of these elements, and I greatly appreciate our situation. We feel that we increasingly attract people to the area, and we know that you are doing the same.”
Matt Goetting, Lincoln Academy’s Associate Head for Advancement, who is also a member of the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, said, “This award represents a great partnership between Lincoln Academy and the local business community. We are extremely proud to accept it!”