BAR HARBOR, ME — This week the Mission reflects on where our EdGE program was 17 years ago, and where, under Director Charlie Harrington’s leadership, EdGE is today as Charlie retires.
When MSAD 37 Superintendent Ron Ramsey was Principal of Acton Elementary School, he was the first school official to say “yes” to the EdGE Program. During EdGE’s 15th Anniversary event, Charlie singled out Supt. Ramsey, saying if not for his initial “yes,” there would be no EdGE program today.
The Mission interviewed Supt. Ron Ramsey in 2017 as a new Mission Board of Directors member. We asked why he said “yes” to Charlie, and about key experiences with EdGE over the years. This is excerpt #1 from Supt. Ramsey’s EdGE recollections.
Under Charlie’s leadership, EdGE has grown to include in-school and after-school programs, the Marion Kane Leadership program, EdGE summer camps, and the EdGE Journey program. Students challenge themselves, engage with their communities and the outdoors, and explore college and career options. The after-school program offers academic support, and in-school programs include peer mentoring for students beginning high school.