Donated sign modernizes Scituate High

Donated sign modernizes Scituate High

Members of the Scituate Lions Club stand outside the two-sided LED sign donated to Scituate High School as part of the Lions Club International 100th Anniversary. (Breeze photo by Jacquelyn Moorehead)

SCITUATE – Residents came out on Sunday to see Scituate High School step up its curb appeal thanks to the Scituate Lions Club installing two new LED signs to replace the school’s old manual sign.

During the yearly Lions Scholarship Breakfast on June 3, Lions President Rick Besser and project leader Terry Nolin dedicated the sign to the school. The new sign is capable of sharing multiple messages and can be remotely accessed through a cell phone or computer.

Celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Lions Club International, each local club was asked to donate to a Legacy Project, or a substantial project with lasting value, in the community. The Scituate Lions are the third-largest club in Rhode Island, with 94 members from across the state.

For the Scituate Lions, the community project was donating two Watchfire LED signs and a blue light-up topper with the words, “Scituate High School and Middle School.” It replaced the former changeable letter board, which was also a Lions project put in more than 30 years ago, according to Besser and Nolin.

The $28,000 project also included electrical wiring to the sign, and LED lights for the school flagpole and war memorial monument in front of the building.

“We didn’t spare any expense,” Besser said. The signs are water and weather proof, and cycle through messages, including one that reads, “Thank you Scituate Lions.”

Principal Michael Hassell said the sign helps move the school into the 21st century. Supt. Lawrence Filippelli and Assistant Supt. Michael Sollitto attended the dedication, and thanked the Lions for the sign.

“This is great, it looks wonderful and it could work as a community message board to get the word out through the town,” Hassell said.

Neighbors of the high school need not be concerned about the lights, as the sign automatically dims in the evenings, eventually shutting off overnight from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., said Lions leaders.

Nolin said the Lions plan to build a similar signs at Hope Elementary School and North Scituate Elementary School.

“That’s what we do, that’s the whole payback,” Besser said, adding that he and other Lions enjoy helping the community.

Members of community programs, such as Scituate Prevention Partnership and SHS Robotics, set up demonstrations during the June 3 scholarship breakfast, showcasing the projects the Lions support.

Recently, the Scituate Lions donated a trio of 3D glasses used to calm patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Besser said the service-based club does similar donations all the time.