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.”