Bath, ME—Hyde School celebrated its fifth annual Pat Damon Service and Leadership Day on Wednesday, April 11, on its campus located at 616 High Street, Bath, Maine. The schedule consisted of morning community service projects, followed by lunch and the Pat Damon Service and Leadership Celebration.
The Pat Damon Service and Leadership Day was established at Hyde School as a way of remembering, honoring, and continuing to highlight the importance of commitment and service to our families, our local communities, our country, and the greater world in which we live. The annual spring event consists of community service projects, and this year’s program also involved the launch of a year-long partnership with the Bath Mobile Food Truck and Hyde School.
“The Pat Damon Service and Leadership Day, now in its fifth year, is a great way for us to both honor Pat’s legacy of service, and to highlight for our students the benefits for all when one person reaches out a hand to help another,” says Hyde Head of School Don MacMillan. “We are very pleased to include as part of this year’s celebration the beginning of an exciting partnership with the Bath Mobile Food Truck.”
Over the next year, Hyde School’s students, faculty and staff will volunteer their time at the monthly food truck and take part in several fundraising events to support the local program that offers free food to needy families in the Midcoast area.
The award’s namesake, Patrick D. Damon, a Maine native, graduated in Hyde School’s Class of 1984. Damon lived a life of service and commitment to others, working tirelessly, unselfishly, and with humility to make a difference in any capacity in which he served.
Damon served in the Maine Legislature as Chief-of-Staff, and also served the State of Maine as the Associate Commissioner in the Department of Administrative & Financial Services and was Administrative Director at the Public Utilities Commission. As a Captain in the Maine Army National Guard, 240th Engineer Company, he received his orders for deployment. His service to his country and to his state ended on June 15, 2006 when Pat died in Afghanistan. Pat Damon personified the values that the Hyde community seeks to live and learn every day.
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