In small towns across the country, students are still inspiring others by their willingness to lend a hand in their communities. In Rumford Maine, Mountain Valley High School students and staff provided two hours of community service Monday November 1, 2021 during Make a Difference Day.
Rumford is a small town in Maine that has struggled with population decline and lost jobs due to business closings. The community service project was organized by students with Jobs for Maine’s Graduates, which partners with public education and private businesses to offer results-driven solutions to ensure all Maine students graduate, attain post-secondary credentials and pursue meaningful careers.
The project was held a week later than planned due to inclement weather. Among the chores done at some 20 sites in Rumford and Mexico were raking leaves, cleaning gardens, stacking firewood and painting.
A dozen students and a teacher worked at the home of Kim and Mitzi Sequoia on Penobscot Street in Rumford.
“This means a lot,” sophomore Autumn Pollis said. “Just something small to give back and help people out. I hear so many people complain about this town. Might as well do something to help clean it up.
“I’m hoping to do this stuff for awhile,” she said. “I recently started volunteering and it’s very rewarding, very nice.”