The Andover Coalition for Education, a non-profit volunteer group benefitting the Andover Public Schools, celebrated its first five years on Friday, Nov. 5 with more than 90 board members, supporters and newcomers to ACE.

A slideshow highlighted new educational projects ACE has helped pay for, such as the schools' grants coordinator, engineering programs in the elementary and middle schools, and the new language lab at Andover High School. The crowd also heard about ideas being considered for future support.

"After dinner and dessert we had the debut of our new ACE video produced by Libby Ekman, a senior at Andover High School. This fun and informative video tells the story of ACE and expresses appreciation for the impact of our programs in all our schools," according to Tina Girdwood, ACE Board president. "There was lots of energy in the room, enough to propel us into the next five years."

Windmills, apartment models and other engineering projects from students at West Elementary and Doherty Middle schools served as table decorations to highlight the creativity and problem-solving capabilities of town students, according to Girdwood. Co-Chairwomen Claire Stahley and Susan Hughes and the ACE Party Committee helped organize the evening, held at Sal's in Lawrence.

Wood Hill Middle music teacher Marc Mercer provided the music.

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