For the sixth year in a row, every student in Lincoln Academy’s boarding program helped out with a service project as part of their introduction to the school year at LA. Lincoln’s Community Service Weekend took place on September 8-9.

This year’s projects included playground cleanups at the Edgecomb Eddy School and Bristol Consolidated school, shed painting at the Nobleboro Central School, repainting decks and porches at the CLC YMCA Day Care facility, coaching youth soccer at the CLC YMCA, and volunteering at various home improvement sites with CHIP Community Cares Day.

“This is an important tradition in the Res Life program,” said Jake Abbott, Lincoln Academy’s Director of Resident Life. “It is a great way for boarding students to start the school year: they get to know each other and the community, and they invest a little sweat equity in their new home.”

“I helped with gardening and painting houses last year at the CHIP volunteer program,” said Wenxin Liang, a senior from China. “This year we went to a middle school to clean some tables. Volunteering was a fun experience because I became better at working with others through these activities.”

William Doan, an LA senior in the Residential program who hails from Vietnam, has a lot of volunteer experience.

“Volunteering is one of my favorite activities to do in the weekend. This is great opportunity for me to get involved in the community and take a break from school work. I love volunteering because each time I volunteer, it is a different experience and feeling. There are a lot of opportunities offered for students to volunteer in the community. I am a member of the Y Teen Leaders Club which keep me busy with different events every month. The residential program also encourages students to volunteer in big local events such as Pumpkin Fest and provide us pick-up and meals carefully. For me, giving is receiving. I have energy and willingness to help people who need and one day, I may receive help from someone. Thanks to voluntary work, I have had chance to travel to many places, experience works that I barely heard about in Vietnam or at school, and more importantly have an impact on the society.”

“The group of LA boarding students who joined the Bristol School custodial staff on Saturday afternoon was delightful!” said Bristol School Principal Jennifer Ribeiro. “They tackled the two projects with enthusiasm and efficiency. We enjoyed their company and their help.”

The next volunteer project for LA boarding students will be Pumpkinfest on October 6-8, where students will help out with Kid Zone, selling merchandise, and other weekend events.