Bob Tkacik’s journey with Sweetser Children’s Services – as it was then called – began in 1989 when he relocated to Saco with his family. Through his interactions with Carl Pendleton, former President & CEO, and Jon Mistos, former Senior Director of Facilities, and visits to the campus at The School at Sweetser in Saco, Bob was able to witness first-hand the incredible work done to help children and families.
Bob became a Sweetser Corporator in 1989 and helped develop the Toyota/Sweetser Golf Classic as a major fundraiser. The Golf Classic continues to this day, and Bob continues to be a participant and supporter of the event. Over the past twenty-plus years, he has always been involved with Sweetser as much as possible, but his time was limited due to a thriving automobile business. He has participated in The School’s Vehicle Fair for a number of years, bringing a special car from his classic and rare collection.
Earlier this year Bob was able to increase his involvement with Sweetser, when he also became a volunteer. As a volunteer, Bob spends his time at The School with Ed Tech Mark Perry who oversees the Auto Shop. The Auto Shop is a component of the Experiential Learning program, which allows students who have difficulty in traditional academic settings to learn through a hands-on environment. Due to Bob’s interest and experience with automobiles, it was a natural fit.
Bob says, “I try to share my automotive experience with the kids in the program, who are all great to work with. We take on all kinds of projects from auto maintenance and minor repairs to bicycle and lawn mower “salvation”. It’s rewarding to work with the students and I can see that they all enjoy being there, learning but still having fun. My advice is for those who can, give back in whatever way you can. You’ll be glad you did!”
Bob Tkacik (at right) is pictured in the Auto Shop where he volunteers with Mark Perry, an Ed Tech at The Eslie J. Parquette School in Saco.
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