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2012 Youth Service Day

Volunteers from Berwick Academy

For the fifth consecutive year, Albacore Park was the beneficiary of the labors of a group of students from the Berwick Academy. Friday, April 15th was the day that Academy students devote time away from the classroom to help non-profit organizations in the greater Portsmouth area.

 Returning for the second time were Alex Katz, Colin Gaynor, Nick Saulnier, Jon Malloy, Kelsey Hayden, Logan Bement and Hannah Murray. I guess we didn't work them hard enough last year or else they had too much fun and came back for more. First timers were Clayton Jacques, Jake Greenspan, Andrea Zannos, Jillian Clark and Dana Brooks. Leading the group for the fifth time was faculty member John Downey.

 Digging into a list of "wouldn't it be nice to have" items that the Park staff had prepared, the students: painted the fence along the southern end of the parking lot, cleaned up debris and leaves from inside the Memorial Garden, assembled over 200 "grab bags" in the gift shop, inventoried adult and youth shirts in the gift shop, cleaned all glass in the museum and gift shop, spot filled and seeded a patch of lawn previously covered by an anchor, painted the mailbox pole and all white sign poles, removed leaves from the shrubs outside the Visitor's Center and picked up trash along the Route 1 By-Pass and in the wooded area at the south rend of the parking lot.

Once again, the Park was on the receiving end of a generous donation of time and effort. Each student went home with an Albacore mug as a thank you and a reminder of the day. The Park staff and Friends of Albacore extend our thanks to Berwick Academy, their students and John Downey for another productive day that has the Park looking far better than they found it.