Randolph-Macon College will celebrate Macon a Difference Day on Saturday, April
Macon a Difference Day is an annual campus-wide initiative that brings together
the college’s clubs, organizations and
academic and administrative departments to clean up
the R-MC and Ashland communities. Students, staff and faculty volunteer their time
and energy and at the same time make connections with the Ashland community.
Now in its eighth year, Macon a Difference Day has evolved into an Earth Day community-service
celebration, with students working alongside staff, faculty and citizens. Volunteers
plant trees, flowers and shrubs, spruce up local parks, and pick up trash along
Members of R-MC’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity will put their hammers and saws
to good use as they help with the construction of a house in Ashland.
One of the yearly features of Macon a Difference Day is tree-planting, with R-MC
President Robert R. Lindgren and Ashland Mayor Faye Prichard, shovels in hand, digging
alongside students, staff and faculty. They will be joined this year by Alan
Rashkind ’69, chairman of the R-MC Board of Trustees. The planting
will take place at 8:15 a.m. in front of
Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC Center for the Performing Arts.
This year, Macon a Difference Day will include an electronic-waste collecting site,
and items will be donated to Hanover Industries, which uses the recycled waste to
create employment and job-training opportunities for persons with disabilities.
The following items will be accepted: televisions, computer monitors, computers
systems (hard drives, CPUs), computer accessories (cables, wires, keyboards, mice,
speakers, etc.), printers, scanners, copiers, telephones and cell phones, fax machines,
VCRs and camcorders, stereos, and microwave ovens. (Items do not need to be in working
order.) Also accepted will be used batteries, ink cartridges and laser- printer
toners. Any items that Hanover Industries cannot use will be given to a non-profit
recycling organization that has a zero percent waste-to-landfill policy.
Your Help is Needed
Macon a Difference Day was created in 2006 and each year since its inception participation
has increased. This year, our list of projects includes Healthy Kids Day, Help the
Hungry, the Ashland Library Book Sale, Mechumps Creek Clean-up, Hanover Parks and
Recreation tree planting, and much more. We need your help! Please contact Jayme
Watkins, coordinator of co-curricular programs, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or click on
Macon a Difference Day to see a schedule of the day’s activities.