St. John Valley

Students help beautify Madawaska streets

MADAWASKA, Maine — Madawaska Middle School students dedicated four hours on a recent Wednesday to pick up trash along the streets of Madawaska.

Shanna Lagasse organized the event with the assistance of Connie Mollison Vanier; both are middle school teachers at Madawaska Middle/High School. Lagasse said the event is just as important to the students as it is to the environment.

“Students need to understand the importance of caring for our environment and learning how they can give back in small ways,” she said. “It is the small contributions that will make a big impact over time.”

Together, the students collected roughly 100 pounds of trash.

Businesses within the community also had a chance to get involved by donating refreshments and garbage bags.

“This makes my heart happy,” said one student, while another noted, “We should do this every year.”

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