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Why Peru Should Accept the $10,000 grant for PES
PERU- On August 29, Peru will hold a special town meeting to vote on whether or not to accept a $10,000 grant offered to the Peru Community Center (AKA the Peru Elementary School). These monies would be enough to fund the operation of the building for at least the coming year. A second article on the warrant would turn over operations of the building to the Friends of Peru Elementary, a nonprofit committee recently formed to devise ways to earn money for support of the building. We, the Friends of Peru Elementary, urge Peru citizens to attend this town meeting and support the aims of our committee to build a sustainable Community Center for the town of Peru. We offer these facts in support of our enterprise:
The Friends of Peru Elementary believe that, aside from the fire department, the old Peru Elementary building is the town’s most valuable tangible asset, as well as its spiritual and social center. We want to use the building to promote a positive sense of community in the town—something we feel had been lacking in recent years.
The donor of the grant specified that the monies can only go towards the community center (PES). Otherwise, there are no strings attached.
A survey sent to every Peru household in 2009, offering a variety of options, showed that the townspeople prefer to retain possession of the building and use it as a community center.
Our committee will seek grants to help with the operation of the building and the creation of an endowment to sustain those operations.
We hope to develop the educational potential of the building. The school was in perfect working order when it ceased operation in 2008 due to the construction of DES for RSU10.
Accepting the grant and keeping the building open means that the selectmen don’t have to solve the water and power issues before winter arrives.
At the time the building was closed it was being used by many nonprofit organizations:
- ATV Club
- Girl Scouts
- Civil Air Patrol
- Snowmobile Club
- Public suppers
- Community fundraisers
- Community birthday parties
- Community play
- Meeting place for municipalities
- Peru Rec Committee
- Haunted house for community children
- And more
We have a long list of ideas for generating income and plan to hold our first event in October.
The building should eventually be the focal point of preparations for Peru’s bicentennial in 2021.
PES is an historic building, unique to the town of Peru. In the coming years it can be put to any number of municipal uses, but once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Friends of PES seeks volunteers to help with our efforts. For more information, call 562-7287, and look for us in the near future on Facebook and on the web at http://www.friendsofpes.org.