Spirit of 76 Scholarship committee

ahs graduationHi fellow classmates,

                        Recently I was at the AHS scholarship night for my daughter. My daughter was blessed to have received the Lynn Goodchild Memorial scholarship that night. There were about 156 scholarships awarded at a value of over $200,000 dollars. As I sat there taking it all in and reviewing the program something jumped out at me. The program listed all the scholarships being given out that night and among them were scholarships given by several past graduating classes. I thought about what a difference a little help with college could be to a student and there family. Perhaps the difference between going to college and not going to college. Then I thought why not us. Why not the Class of 76 sponsoring a scholarship. Imagine if just two thirds of the class gave $25 a year. That would be thousands available. Perhaps we could also challenge other classes to do the same. We could make a difference in a young persons life. I decided to share this with the class of 76 facebook group and it was met with much enthousiasm. So now a committee must be formed. I am planning to get this started in June and will need help. Someone from the class that is a Lawyer would be a great asset to have as we start this venture. If anyone is interested in being on the committee please contact me at   mrmilt99@comcast.net and we will get you involved. Many things will need to be done such as legal tax work, setting up a bank account, deciding what the qualifications for the scholarship would be and I’m sure that the committee that is formed will have exciting ideas as well. Lets all look forward to helping some young people in the future.

Mike Milton

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Recent Death

kristaSeptember 13, 1958 – May 9, 2013


Krista I. (Drown) Paynton, 54, of Dighton and the Village of Attleboro Falls in North Attleboro, the Superintendent of Schools for Bristol County Agricultural School, died on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her loving family following a year-long illness. She was the beloved wife of Richard H Paynton to whom she was married on June 27, 1981.

Born in Attleboro, Massachusetts on September 13, 1958, she was a daughter of the late Sears L. and Ingeborg P. (Petersen) Drown and was raised at the family home on Pleasant Street in Attleboro.

Mrs. Paynton was a 1976 graduate of Attleboro High School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her Master’s in Reproductive Physiology from the University of New Hampshire – Durham.

Mrs. Paynton began her educational career at Bristol County Agricultural School as a student teacher in 1980 and returned in 1982 as a teacher in the animal science department.

In 2005, Mrs. Paynton became the first woman to serve as the school’s principal and would become the school’s first female superintendent when appointed to the position in 2008, only the seventh superintendent since the school opened in 1912.

Although her professional accomplishments were numerous, she was most proud of the fact her school achieved a 100 percent passing rate in the MCAS exam, the standardized test needed to get a high school diploma in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and that every student in the class of 2010 was placed, meaning they went on to higher education, a four or two-year college, they got a job in their chosen field or they went into the military.

She will be remembered for leaving an indelible mark as she focused her expertise on having a vision for the future careers of students. From her earlier teaching days, she subscribed to a mantra of ensuring students needs were of the utmost importance.

A member of countless professional organizations, Mrs. Paynton was a Board Member of the Massachusetts Society of Medical Researchers. Her legacy will be her dedication to family, faith and education.

In addition to her husband she leaves two children: Alexander William Paynton of North Attleboro and Taylor (Paynton) Potter and her husband, Jonathan Potter, to whom she was wed May 2, 2013, of Taunton; a brother: Karl Drown of Rehoboth; her husband’s parents: William C. and Valrie S. (Sindt) Paynton of Attleboro Falls and nieces, nephews, extended family members, scores of past and current students, countless colleagues and friends.

She and her family celebrated their faith and worshipped at Waters Church in North Attleboro.

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Recent Death


EAST PROVIDENCE – Kathleen E. (Higginbotham) O’Neill, 54, of Wampanoag Trail in the Riverside section of East Providence, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

She was born and raised in Attleboro, a daughter of the late Frank and Helen (Alger) Higginbotham.

Kathleen was a teaching assistant for Barrington Public Schools. She was incredibly passionate about working with children with special needs.

Kathleen was a dedicated and loving daughter, mother, sister and friend to all who knew her.

She is survived by a son, Christopher Tucker of Smithfield, R.I.; a daughter, Jennifer and her husband Richard Barrett of Milford Conn.; three brothers: Robert Higginbotham of Plymouth, James Higginbotham of Springfield, and Dana Higginbotham of Taunton. Kathleen was the sister of the late Frank Higginbotham of San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours prior to her funeral service. Her funeral service will be held Monday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. in the Foley-Hathaway Funeral Home, 126 South Main St., Attleboro. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.


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2013 get together?

AHSget-togetherLeo Langlois posted on Facebook on Jan. 1, 2013 asking about a possible get together. So what do you think?

Good idea? I think so.

Where? When? How ’bout something soon?

Leave a comment below or go to the Attleboro High Class of 1976 Facebook Page.

Doesn’t have to be big. Just has to be fun.

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Recent Wedding

Our son Alex got married on September 1st.  We are so happy to welcome our beautiful daughter-in-law Ashley to our family. Proud parents Cindy (Gard) O’Neill and Kyle Corkum.

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