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Below is an excerpt from the St. Johnsbury Academy news article “Donation to St. Johnsbury Academy Big Boost for Young Competitive Swimmers”. To see the whole article, click here.
Thanks to an $80,000 donation from a northeastern Vermont business, the St. Johnsbury Academy Field House’s Farmer Natatorium now features several improvements focusing on competitive swimming.
Donated by Michael and Tanya Pappalardo, owners of Mike’s Electric Inc. (MEI), based in Jay, the additions include brighter lighting over the pool, new starting blocks, an electronic timing system for swim meets, and bleachers for spectators.
The donation has “transformed the pool into a bona fide venue for swimming competitions, and the energy and excitement around the swim club is palpable,” Academy Headmaster Tom Lovett said. “This donation is one more example of how our parents and local businesses support our programs and our students, leaving this school better than they found it. The Pappalardos have improved the facility so that all who use the pool have a much more enjoyable experience. The new lights, in particular, make a world of difference. The whole atmosphere is brightened."
Tammi Cady, the Academy’s Director of Development and Alumni Relations, added, “Working with Mike and Tanya over the past few months has been wonderful. Their family has been very generous to the Academy and to the St. Johnsbury Swim Club. It is wonderful to have supporters like them, and we appreciate all they have done to improve the facility and help improve the visibility of competitive swimming in our local area."