UMM Partners with Robbinston School for Spring Cleanup
MACHIAS, 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. Pottle 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.