First-Year Students Tackle Community Service Projects
MACHIAS, ME – The pouring rain wasn’t enough to stop first-year students at the University of Maine at Machias from tackling a range of community service projects during their first weekend of college.
More than 80 students, along with several student orientation leaders, faculty, and staff, hit the streets on Saturday, August 29 to clean up downtown Machias and the UMM campus.
Among the several projects that the group took on was the prepping of Station 98, the historic Machias train station and future home of the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, getting it ready for a complete renovation. The students primarily worked on removing the old wooden floor of the station, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites.
Other service projects throughout the day included cleaning up the Machias River waterfront, moving furniture back into Machias Memorial High School, moving and cleaning books at Porter Memorial Library, cleaning at the Burnham Tavern, and fixing up the playground at the Flaherty Childcare Center on the UMM campus.
The service projects were a coordinated effort between UMM, the Town of Machias, and the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.