WOOD RIVER JUNCTION - “Chariho forever.”
Those were the words of Andrew Polouski as he stepped down from the podium at a Charlestown town council meeting a few years ago, recalls current Chariho School Committee Member Deborah Carney.
“I believe that summarizes his thoughts on the district,” she added about the man who gave his heart and soul to Chariho for over 50 years.
Andrew Polouski passed away on Aug. 11, and the entire Chariho community was immensely saddened by the news. However, steps have been made to ensure that Polouski’s name will live on in the district for years to come.
Recently, the district has worked with Polouski’s family to figure out a way for Polouski’s passion for student involvement in sports, and other activities, to remain a strong presence in the district.
“He really saw the benefit of students in extra-curricular activities,” said Chariho Supt. Barry Ricci. “We spoke with the family, and are trying to support Andy’s goal.”
A press statement released by the district last week states, “The Andrew J. Polouski Grants for Athletes and Performers (The Grants) will provide financial support for needy Chariho High School students who excel in areas related to athletics, the performing arts, and academics. The Grants will provide partial financial assistance for special equipment, materials, and fees so that talented students may pursue excellence in areas of interest and passion.”
Polouski served as a teacher, a coach, an athletic director and a school committee member during his time at Chariho. According to Carney, he continued to give back to the district after he retired from being an educator, and he “always had the best interest of the kids at heart.”
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