CHS Pep Band Receives Banner from S&M Designs

The vast interior of Bank Corner hosts many cozy areas as part of its newest iteration as a coffee house. This room – located where the entrance to the building once was at the very corner of North and Main – offers a couch, table, heater, and plenty of windows to watch the streets from. (Photo by Lura Jackson)

By Lura Jackson


There’s nothing like a pep band to help raise enthusiasm for high school teams, and Calais Middle High School (CMHS) is fortunate to have its very own roster of students and community members that lend their instruments to the cause. Now, that same band has been presented with a donation from S&M Designs that celebrates its contribution to the community – a banner that duly captures school spirit.

The idea for the banner originated with Jayna Smith, mother of band member Kobe Smith, who saw a “nice hanging banner” for the Woodland Junior/Senior High School band during a game held there. She realized that while there is recognition in the gym for the basketball players at Calais High School, there isn’t any for the band members – even though they “are at nearly every home game playing their hearts out.”

Smith was more than willing to purchase the banner herself and contacted local designer Mary Pelletier of S&M Designs to request it. Pelletier immediately offered to donate the banner at no cost.

“I wanted to donate to the band as I love to give back to the local community who support my small business,” Pelletier said. “I am a firm believer in shopping locally, as supporting businesses in our community make our community stronger, this also gives me an opportunity to give back to our community!”

“Our most sincere thanks go out to Mary Pelletier for this generous donation to recognize the tremendous work that our band students dedicate to Pep Band and supporting our Blue Devil teams throughout the season!” enthused CMHS’s Music Director Christine Proefrock, who also thanked Smith’s efforts to initialize the project.

“We are always striving to do our best, to grow our program while supporting others and to find as many ways as possible to strengthen our relationships with the local community,” Proefrock continued. “Our students are both excited and grateful to have the opportunity to be recognized by a fabulous banner hanging in our gym, honoring their dedication to our school and to their hard work.”

Pelletier has routinely made significant donations in support of local causes, including to the Calais-Area Fall Baseball teams, and those contributions haven’t gone unnoticed. “We know that Mary has made it a practice to see and meet needs in the community whenever possible,” Proefrock said. “We are extremely grateful to have the CMHS Pep Band be included in her good works.”