Area residents joined students from Lincoln Academy’s service fraternity and sorority on Monday, Jan. 16 to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with community service projects across the county.
For the past few years, Lincoln Academy’s service fraternity, Alpha Sigma Gamma, with the Baha’is of Lincoln County, have commemorated the holiday by completing community service projects for anyone who needs help, said Robert Breckenridge, a social studies teacher at Lincoln Academy and the fraternity’s faculty adviser.
The volunteers were joined this year by Sigma Sigma Chi, Lincoln Academy’s service sorority, as well as residents who came in off the street to help, Breckenridge said.
After a meeting at The Second Congregational Church in Newcastle, Breckenridge dispatched students and community members to jobs across Lincoln County, in Bristol, Damariscotta, Edgecomb, Nobleboro, Waldoboro, and Walpole.
Jobs ranged from moving lights at the Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta to helping people with their computers, Breckenridge said. Some visited the homes of shut-ins whose names were provided by CHIP Inc., the Community Housing Improvement Project.
Hannaford Supermarket gave a gift card to the group for snacks and refreshments, Breckenridge said.
The fraternity’s spirit of giving extends beyond Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Breckenridge said.
“If the general public has a need and they contact the school, the boys will respond,” Breckenridge said.