Friends of Prescott Celebrate 2 Years of Impressive Accomplishments
Friends of Prescott celebrate second anniversary. Photo Courtesy Friends of Prescott
Friends of Prescott celebrated its second anniversary with an impressive list of accomplishments in its efforts to ensure Prescott School, located in the heart of Groton, remains one of the town’s assets, a desire expressed by Town Meeting vote.
The Friends began as a response from a group of Groton residents to the town’s proposal to sell the Main Street building. When the town defeated a proposal to sell the school, a town survey indicated that 72 percent of the respondents wanted to see the school remain in town ownership and be maintained for public use. The group then began its efforts to support Prescott School Municipal Committee by assisting in outreach and securing residents input.
In its two years existence, the Friends became a non-profit 501C3 organization; assisted the Municipal Committee with research and outreach; expanded its membership; and hosted a panel on community centers where representatives from Westford, Lexington and Berlin presented to a packed gym at Prescott School how they have created and continue to operate their Community Centers.
In addition, the Friends wrote and received a CPA grant for improvements to the Prescott building for fire safety and handicapped access and expanded membership in their organization. That work is underway now.
The Friends responded to town’s Requests for Proposal (RFP) to act as a third party to lease and manage the building. Although they were the sole bidders, their application was commended for their work at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting. They were asked if they would extend their proposal so as to enable the joint Prescott Municipal Committee and the Council On Aging Feasibility Committee to complete their assessment of Prescott School for a potential Senior Center. They agreed to the extension, and are currently putting their efforts into the awareness of the possibilities for the building and advocacy.