As part of their back-to-school orientation on September 10-11, Lincoln Academy’s residential students and dorm families took part in community service projects at Great Salt Bay School (GSB) and YMCA Youth Soccer Programs. Scheduled trail work on Mohegan Island had to be postponed due to rough seas.
LA’s Residential program now hosts 90 students from 19 countries. Most of these students live in two campus dorms, the newly constructed Kiah Bayley Hall, and Hall House, and a handful live with local host families. Seven House Parent families live in the campus dorms with students. Every year the residential community participates in multiple service projects, which include helping out at Pumpkinfest, doing trail work at local land trusts, volunteering in the local food pantry, helping with YMCA activities, and more.
During their September service weekend GSB students painted picnic tables and dugouts and assisted with trail work. Radek Janik, LA’s Wellness Department Head and a Dorm Parent said, “Many of these students come from big cities and have never done anything like trail work or painting before. It was really cool to watch them learn how to do this stuff for the first time and see how much fun they had.” GSB Assistant Principal Ira Michaud at GSB thanked the group for their contribution saying, “It’s a really great contribution to the GSB community.”
At the YMCA Youth Soccer Program, 30 residential students had the opportunity to work with local first through fourth grade kids in two hour-long soccer clinic sessions. Luke Suttmeier, Lincoln Academy History teacher and Dorm Parent, said, “Some of our more experienced soccer players had a great time sharing their skills with the younger kids at the CLC. Some of our student volunteers hadn’t played lots of soccer before, but showed enthusiasm and had a great time playing alongside the kids.”
Service is one of the core values of Lincoln Academy’s Resident Life Program, said Ken Stevenson, Director of Resident Life and a Dorm Parent. “The Resident Life program looks forward to continuing our commitment to community volunteer projects throughout the year, with programs planned for the winter and spring.” He encouraged community groups looking for volunteer help to contact the Resident Life Office at 563-3596 ext. 223 to suggest projects that might benefit from working with Lincoln Academy’s residential students.