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UMM Partners with Robbinston School for Spring Cleanup

Added on: April 25, 2011

UMM Students organized a cleanup with Robbinston Grade SchoolMACHIAS, Maine – As part of a Positivity Nation in the Classroom activity, students at the Robbinston Grade School recently partnered with University of Maine at Machias students and staff for a roadside cleanup project.

Lanette Pottle, founder of Positivity Nation, has been working with Robbinston Grade School on various projects. Pottle recently asked students to “Imagine a stranger gave you $10 and asked you to do the most good you could with it … what you would do?” There was a lot of interest around the environment and how students could help. The students suggested some sort of cleanup. UMM Students organized a cleanup with Robbinston Grade SchoolPottle immediately thought of the University of Maine at Machias and contacted President Cynthia Huggins, who was thrilled with the opportunity to connect grade-school-aged students with college students on a service project centered on the environment. Huggins put Pottle in touch with UMM’s Green Campus Steering Committee (GCSC), a group of faculty, staff, and students working to “green” UMM and educating the community on living a more sustainable life.

With the help of Pottle and Robbinston Grade School Principal John Owen, the group organized a roadside cleanup starting at the Robbinston town line on Route 1 and ending at the grade school. The event, which took place on Saturday, April 16, was a huge success.


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