(l. to r.) Professor George Spagna, Ashland Mayor Faye Prichard and R-MC President
Robert Lindgren helped plant trees on Macon a Difference Day.
Students helped pick up trash and clean up streams.
Students planted trees on Macon a Difference Day 2009.
On Saturday, April 18, 2009, Randolph-Macon students and the Town of Ashland paid
homage to Earth Day by celebrating Macon a Difference Day. Dozens of volunteers
helped clean and beautify the R-MC campus and Ashland’s parks, schoolyards, streams
Macon a Difference Day is an annual campus-wide initiative that brings together
the college’s clubs, organizations and academic and administrative departments.
Students, staff and faculty volunteer their time and energy and at the same time
make connections with the Ashland community by working toward a common goal.
R-MC students and the Town of Ashland joined forces as volunteers spread mulch,
plant flowers, clean up trash and more. This year’s projects included cleaning up
Mechumps creek, creating a sustainable Maya community garden plot next to R-MC’s
Sociology House and working on a fish habitat at Ashland’s DeJarnette Park.
Macon a Difference Day began in 2006 and each year the scope of its Earth-centric
projects has increased.
“This year's event was tremendously successful," said Christina Brown, assistant
director of residence life and housing at R-MC. "When students participate in Macon
a Difference Day they are able to facilitate positive social change within their
community and grow from the experience. Giving back to the local community is important
and I am happy that the steering committee was able to coordinate this event so
our students can get involved. It is the volunteers who really make this event so
Macon a Difference Day is just one of the many student activities that R-MC offers.
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