Devin Young, a special services teacher at Mount Desert Island High School, visits with his 10-month-old son, James, in the school’s child care room last week. ISLANDER PHOTO BY DICK BROOM

Story elicits praise for school’s child care

BAR HARBOR — Several people who said their lives were changed by the child care program at Mount Desert Island High School posted comments on the Islander’s Facebook page in response to a story about the program’s 30th anniversary in last week’s edition.

“I will forever be grateful to this program,” Carly Dean Murphy posted. “It allowed me to bring my 3-month-old son to school with me my senior year so I could graduate. I never would have succeeded if it wasn’t for this. They provided a warm, supportive atmosphere for teenage parents, and that is something that was hard to find in 2001.”

Vashti Cossette said in her post that she, too, was able to finish high school “because of this program and its support.”

Michelle Carter, whose daughter was one of the first babies in the high school’s child care program, said, “This continues to be an excellent program. I went back to school after graduating to be a part of it.”

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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