“Big Al” Cohen and Bath Police Chief Mike Field at the 2018 Set for Success event in Bath. (Contributed photo)

BATH- The second annual Set for Success event will provide Regional School Unit 1 students with free backpacks and school supplies in an attempt to “level the playing field for every student,” according to a news release.
The event, organized by Midcoast Community Alliance, takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Bath Middle School. It is free and open to every family within the RSU 1 district, including homeschoolers. 

“Families can ‘shop’ from teacher-created supply lists, and students will find a wide range of colors and styles in backpacks and notebooks,” the release states. “Supplies have been donated and paid for by generous contributions from the community at large. Again this year, Big Al (Allen Cohen), of Big Al’s Super Value in Wiscasset, is providing significant discounts, sourcing assistance, transportation and storage and logistical support.” 

 “We’re so lucky to have Al with us,” said Jamie Dorr, president of Midcoast Community Alliance, in the release. “He’s just been a tremendous help; his expertise has helped us stretch our budget and improve our planning in so many ways.” 

The first RSU1 Set for Success in 2018 drew over 600 families to the Bath Middle School gym.  

Additional features of the Set for Success event include a Clothing Closet and free haircuts and mini-manicures donated by a number of participating stylists.  The Bath YMCA is donating 800 day passes for the facility to participating families. 

 The free Set for Success Resource Guide contains information on programs, clubs and activities at each RSU1 school. The Information Highway organized by Bath Police Chief Mike Field will include over 25 organizations providing information on topics ranging from health care to parenting help and food programs. 

“This isn’t really just about giving out school supplies,” Dorr said.  “It’s about connecting and strengthening an entire community and making sure all students start out on the same footing. The beginning of the school year is so critical.” 

Over $10,000 was raised from individual community members, local churches and sponsorships by organizations such as Consolidated Communications, Walmart, Bath Elks Lodge #934 and the Biosophical Institute. 

Visit mcamaine.org/set-for-success/ or contact Jamie Dorr at (207) 443-6856 for more information.  

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