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Chamber honors Dewitt

Peterborough man is ‘tireless’ supporter of student creativity

  • The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce held its annual breakfast, honoring David Dewitt for his contributions in engineering education.
  • The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce held its annual breakfast, honoring David Dewitt for his contributions in engineering education.

PETERBOROUGH — The Peterborough Greater Chamber of Commerce held its annual Education Breakfast on Wednesday morning, honoring David Dewitt for his exemplary contributions to the chamber’s education goals.

Dewitt, a Peterborough resident who has been instrumental in bringing the makerspace movement to town, said he was honored to receive the award.

“I am very excited to receive this award. I am happy that people are excited about what we are doing,” he said following the breakfast and ceremony.

Dewitt is involved with makers clubs after school programs at ConVal and Conant high schools. “The makers movement is going to be a real asset to the community,” said Dewitt. “It gives the students an opportunity to make relevant what they learn in the classroom.”

Dewitt is currently working with local school districts and New Hampshire Ball Bearing to form a working partnership.

“We are working to create a course that students would be able to take at their schools as well as at NHBB, so that they could implement what they are learning in the classroom to a real-world setting,” Dewitt said, in accepting the award.

Although the course is not a finished product and talks continue between NHBB and the ConVal School District, Dewitt did say that Whelen Engineering, a company out of Charlestown that designs and develops warning and signaling devices, will be providing the curriculum for the course.

Dewitt got a standing ovation from the audience, ending his acceptance speech in a tech-savvy manner, saying, “With the spirit of 140 characters, hashtag thank you.”

ConVal’s school-to-career coordinator, Mary Lou O’Neil, served as moderator for the breakfast.

“Dave [Dewitt] has spent more time with the students and staff of ConVal than anyone who is not on the payroll,” said O’Neil. “He is a tireless supporter of manufacturing and business, and is bringing technology and the arts together in Peterborough.”

Dewitt is supportive of the ConVal internship program, run by O’Neil, which sends high school students to get real-world experience at local businesses. Senior Ashlynn Wing and Junior Tucker Lamb, both members of this year’s accounting internship program, were present at the breakfast and spoke about their experiences interning at NHBB and Monadnock Community Hospital.

“They say if you can do financing in health care, you can do financing anywhere,” said Lamb, to the delight of the audience.

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