RAVC Receives Land & Scholarship Donation

Front Page / Dec. 25, 2003 12:00am EST

RAVC Receives Land & Scholarship Donation

The Randolph Area Vocational Center has a good friend in the Dustin family.

Marcia Dustin Mulhausen, who now lives in Minneapolis, has donated 25 acres of Braintree land to the RAVC building trades program, and Anna and Don Dustin of Braintree recently created a scholarship fund for students, RAVC Director Bill Sugarman reported this week.

The donated land, which fronts Route 12A and is across the road from Mobile Acres Mobile Home Park, has been formally accepted by the RAVC board, pending soil test results and development of work site plans, Sugarman said.

"It’s an incredible gift," he noted.

It comes in the nick of time, too.

Building trades students are in the midst of building the eighth and final home on the parcel on DuClos Road, Braintree, that the land-holding entity of the program (Vo-Con) purchased years ago.

The program has successfully sold the seven completed houses, all of which come with a five-star energy rating, the highest in the housing industry, Sugarman said.

Without the new land donation, the program would have either had to purchase land, which would add greatly to the cost of the homes, or find other, smaller projects to work on, Sugarman said. The land has been appraised at $45,000, he said.

Scholarship

Anna and Don Dustin have donated a $1000 scholarship to the center for several years, Sugarman said. Recently, the Dustins, in concert with the Vermont Community Foundation of Middlebury, established the scholarship as an "ongoing" gift, he explained.

The RAVC board accepted the scholarship fund with deep appreciation at its Dec. 18 meeting.

Donald Dustin, an RUHS/RAVC board member for many years, was also a teacher in the building trades program for a time, as well. The new scholarship fund is targeted primarily for students in the building trades and auto technology programs.

By Sandy Cooch

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