Sarah Sarette: Misty Start

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Sarah Sarette: Misty Start

Pictured left is me on my family's lobster boat. Thomaston is a small town of 2,700 people who rely heavily on the fishing and tourism industries. 97% of residents identify as white, and the median gross income is $46,000.

As Recreation and Leisure Director for one of the only towns in Maine that offer FREE services to residents, I am able to interact with families from all socio-economic situations and age groups. We offer youth sports, adult sports, fitness programs, art programs, and senior programs to our community. In the video to the left, you will see a trip we took to TD Garden to watch the Celtics take on the Bulls. Our group was able to watch warm-ups from courtside. For most of the attending children, this was an opportunity normally unattainable due to family financial restrictions.

Giving

Misty Start

Mountaineering is a significant hobby of mine. The photo above was taken of me at Independence Pass in Colorado at 12,000 feet. I have also done some trips on the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and a short, but notable hike in the Himalayan Mountains outside of Kathmandu, Nepal. I also enjoy canoeing and kayaking whitewater.

Mountaineering

Maine

Coldest and hotest inhabited places

Trekkers

Much of my free time is spent volunteering with Trekkers, Inc., an outdoor, adventure based mentoring program for 7-12th grade students. I have led expeditions to Colorado, Utah, New England, and the Eastern seaboard.

My parents would have been considered low income by Maine standards when I was growing up. My grandparents took me in when I was in high school to ensure I would have access to all of the opportunities I needed to become a first generation college graduate.

Family Life

Occupation

The most important value I was taught and still hold to, is that of giving. Give more than you receive, and give with a loving heart. I recognize that my story is remarkable given my circumstances growing up, and I feel fortunate that I am now in a place to give back to my local community, global community, and my family. Pictured left is a photo of a group of children in Thomaston I was able to enlist to work on refugee relief kits last week.


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