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2011 Youth Service Day

The group

On 15 April, ten students and a faculty member from Berwick Academy arrived at Albacore Park. They were there as part of the Academy’s Service Day program whereby students go out into the community and lend helping hands to non-profit organizations. This is the fourth year that we have hosted a group from the Academy.

Springtime invariably finds the Park grounds the worse for wear from the winter. Leaves seem to collect in bushes from all over, trash from the nearby highway hides in brush and rubbish seems to be drawn into the Park. Spring means a good clean up of the grounds is in order.  And the youngsters from the Academy gave the Park a good going over.

The intrepid crew of Nisha Matta, Alex Zannos, Logan Bement, Elizabeth DuChene, Nick Saulnier, Kelsey Hayden, Jonathan Malloy, Hannah Murray, Colin Gaynor and Alex Katz along with faculty member John Downey gave us a full days worth of effort in a half of a day!

After a quick tour of the boat, they got off to a fast start. While half the group was scouring the Park grounds picking up trash, the other half loaded a trailer and pickup truck with yard waste accumulated from prior years. Next came weed pulling, branch pruning, and ground raking by all hands. After a short lunch break, they were on their way back to school. The team of volunteers did an excellent job of cleaning up the grounds of the Park. This was an important step as we prepare the Park for the Memorial Day Service of Remembrance.

It was truly a pleasure to have such a hard-working group come onboard and lend a bunch of hands to smarten up the Park. Everyone left with an Albacore patch - a small token of our appreciation that will remind them of an experience that we greatly appreciate and one of which they can be proud.

We at Albacore Park thank Berwick Academy, their hard-working students, and faculty member John Downey, for their efforts on our behalf.

Hamming it up for the camera

Bagging it

John Downey, Academy faculty member

Lunch time in the Memorial Garden