Cariddi gifts $35,000 to Drury

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NORTH ADAMS — Add Drury High School to list of those that have benefited from Gailanne Cariddi's generosity.

The North Adams School Committee this week formally accepted a $35,000 gift from the estate of the late state representative — first announced last December — for use at the Drury High School library.

"This is just remarkable act of generosity on the part of Rep. Cariddi and is a testament to her legacy, her love of the community, her love of literacy, and her belief in our schools," said Mayor Thomas Bernard, who also serves as chairman of the School Committee.

As part of the final distribution of Cariddi's estate, the city was awarded $210,000 for the maintenance of a bike path; $175,000 went to the North Adams Public Library.

Cariddi died of cancer in 2017 at the age of 63 while serving her fourth term in the Statehouse.

Drury Principal Timothy Callahan told the School Committee that decisions regarding use of the funds have yet to be made.

"We have batted around some ideas but nothing firmly yet," said North Adams Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Malkas.

School Committee member Tara Jacobs requested that longevity be considered in how the funds are used, "if we can find a way to have it continue to have impact for as long as possible."

Adam Shanks can be reached at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, at @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter, or 413-629-4517.

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