2012-02-07 / Community

BHS launches Partners in Education program; honors Wild Oats owners

The Times Record


BRUNSWICK HIGH SCHOOL Principal Donna Borowick, left, presents the first Partner in Education award to Wild Oats Bakery and Café owners David and Becky Shepherd outside their business. At right is BHS Community Liaison Rick Wilson. 
COURTESY OF BRUNSWICK HIGH SCHOOL BRUNSWICK HIGH SCHOOL Principal Donna Borowick, left, presents the first Partner in Education award to Wild Oats Bakery and Café owners David and Becky Shepherd outside their business. At right is BHS Community Liaison Rick Wilson. COURTESY OF BRUNSWICK HIGH SCHOOL BRUNSWICK

Brunswick High School (BHS) created its Partner in Education recognition award to honor “those who share its commitment to providing the best possible education to learners of all ages and abilities,” a release from the school states.

“ We are honoring local businesses, citizens and nonprofits for their commitment to helping build a healthier and more vibrant community,” Rick Wilson, BHS educator and community liaison,” said in the release. “Individually and collectively, businesses have the potential to make a powerful impact on public education in this community, and we can all benefit from strengthening the relationship between the public and private sectors.”

The first recipients of this award are David and Becky Shepherd, owners of Wild Oats Bakery and Café.

“( The Shepherds) have been generous sponsors to Brunswick schools for many years and in many ways,” the release states. Among the ways the couple has helped the school system are “donating baked goods, supervising and mentoring apprentice students and various silent auction fundraisers, supporting Brunswick High’s English curriculum project, hosting students from many grades for tours of the bakery and offering internship opportunities for Freshman Academy students.”

Becky Shepherd also served two terms on the Brunswick School Board.

“ They have set the gold standard in this community as they have consistently reached out to their area schools to help make a difference,” BHS Principal Donna Borowick said in the release. “We appreciate their efforts and hope other businesses will reach out as well.”

The award consists of a framed picture of a local iconic Brunswick feature (in this case Fort Andross) and was taken by BHS student photographer Paige Snyder.

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