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Superintendent Visits Schools on Bicycle on Opening Day

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Superintendent Visits Schools on Bicycle on Opening Day
Posted on 09/10/2014

Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk visited several schools on bicycle on the first day of classes, September 2.  At each stop, he greeted students and staff and encouraged them to make the most of the new school year. 

At his final stop, King Middle School, Caulk answered the challenge from Karen MacDonald, a King teacher and 2014 Maine Teacher of the Year, to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Superintendent Caulk encourages students to stay healthy by exercising every day.  His bicycle ride modeled how students can build exercise into their daily routine by walking or bicycling to school. 

King students watched and cheered as Caulk and Kathleen Casasa, former president of the Portland Education Association, dunked themselves with ice water to raise money for the ALS Association, a national nonprofit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Caulk made donations to the ALS Association and eHope in honor of the late Nan Urban, a social worker at Deering High School for nearly 25 years who died of ALS in 2009. He publicly challenged Portland Mayor Michael Brennan, Maine Senate President Justin Alfond and Chris Hall, CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber, to take the challenge. Casasa challenged the new leaders of the Portland Education Association to do the same. They are Sue Olafsen, president, Kevin Brewster, vice president, and Carrie Foster, secretary.