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Relay for Life Results!

Posted by alphachinu on June 5, 2006

We raised over $400 to go towards cancer education and research. We had a great team including Heather Huntley, Anne-Marie Hawkes, Aimee Michaud, Jennifer Cragen, and Heather's family members.

Aimee won the box race for our team and was a great sport to carry the egg in the spoon!

Thank you to all who supported our team and to our team for doing so much walking!

Sincerely,
Jennifer Cragen
VP of Scholarship

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March of Dimes Results!

Posted by alphachinu on June 5, 2006

We were very active in gathering funds for the March of Dimes, Walk America event. We had 6 registered walkers who raised over $1,000 for the babies.

The wonderful walkers include Samantha Arnold-McLaughlin, Jennifer Cragen, Anne-Marie Hawkes, Anna Patkus, Brenda Patkus, and Ben Shane.

Thank you to all who sponsored our walkers by donating money! And, thank you to the walkers for getting blisters and enjoying the sun!

 Sincerely,
Jennifer Cragen
VP of Scholarship

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Walk America: Fun for all!

Posted by alphachinu on May 7, 2006

There were many members of the SMCC community at today's Walk America event for the March of Dimes. Anna and her mother from Enrollment Services were there, along with Zee and three of her relatives, and Anne-Marie, Ben, Alesha, and Jennifer and her partner.

Good fun was had by all. Zee momentarily lost her brother, nephew, and neice in the crowd but quickly found them again. Anne-Marie and Ben walked together, while Allesha rode her bike. Anna and her mother walked as a pair, as did Jennifer and her partner.

There was a good variety of ages, abilities, and history represented in the walkers. Some of the walkers couldn't yet walk and rode in strollers while others were wishing for wheelchairs by the end of the walk. For some, this was their first walk with March of Dimes, while for others there was a thirty-year history of walking for March of Dimes.

The weather was beautiful. Sunny skies, with a cool breeze off of Back Cove, kept the walkers warm, but not overheated. With plenty of water and granola bars from the walk sponsors, the walkers were never without something to eat or drink. Coffee and pastries started the day, while soda and pizza finished the day.

The walk was beautiful and left me feeling a good burn throughout my body. I realized when my ankle continued to be in pain after 6 acetaminophen tablets, just how out of shape I am. It's amazing to me how being involved in cleaning the environment or walking for preemies makes me realize stuff about myself that I want to change. Interesting, hmm?

Sincerely,
Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

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Earth Day Revisited

Posted by alphachinu on May 1, 2006

Ben, Jessica, and myself participated in the Willard Neighborhood Association, Beach Clean Up Day, along with other students from Southern Maine Community College, a few staff members of the college, and a few of our friends.

Our group collected one huge bag of trash and debris. There was a lot of cigarette butts and bits of styrofoam. Neither of which are nice on the beach. The styrofoam was hard to pickup because it kept breaking into littler pieces, making it hard to grab and hard to see. There was also a lot of broken plastic toys. The bits of red, blue, and yellow were easy to see against the soft tan of the sand.

I saw my first skeleton that was in its natural setting. Other skeletons I'v seen have all been made-up, either in a museum or on tv. I was amazed at how the bones were still connected and were easily identifyable as a particular animal. A bird had died; and, the bones were bleached and brittle, lying in the grass above the high tideline.

I vowed to use less styrofoam than I already do. I know that styrofoam won't go away; and, I don't want others cleaning up after me in ten or twenty years.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

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Earth Day, A Week Late

Posted by alphachinu on April 12, 2006

As the 2006-2008 International Service Project is "Operation Green", I think it would be great if we can assist in this great cause.

Lila Jones, the Americorps*VISTA and Civic Engagement Coordinator, is the campus contact person for the beach cleanup project at Willard Beach. The neighborhood group for residents from the college community organized the event and Lila is trying to get SMCC students involved as well.

Please bring pruning supplies if you have them anddesire to help remove the invasive plants. We will be picking up trash and removing invasive plants at the Willard and Willow Street beach entrances. Bags and gloves are going to be provided. If there are enough volunteers we will clean the beach and the path up to Spring Point Light and Fisherman's Point.

Please met in the Campus Center if you are interested in helping at 8:45 am, Satrday, April 29. We will head out from there.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

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Bottles for Seattle Project!!

Posted by alphachinu on March 20, 2006

We decided to step up our bottle collecting efforts to allow our delegates to attend the International Convention today at our officers meeting. We currently have a small fund from this activity and need more funds. We are breaking the school into territories so that four of the officers can cover the entire school. We are doing this to reduce the burden on the one officer who had been collecting the bottles. Thank you, Aimee!
For those of you not in a state that redeems bottles, the process and purpose is like this. When soda, alcohol, or other drinks are purchased the state collects a five or 15 cent fee on each bottle. So, a six-pack of soda is $.30 redemption fee. And, a bottle of wine or liquor is $.15. The money is returned to the ones who turn in the collected bottles. The main purpose is to reduce litter. A secondary purpose for the state is to collect a tax/fee without really taxing the populous because the money is returned. The state, I imagine, gets interest on any money in the account, and hopes that not all bottles are redeemed. For school groups, individuals, and others, it is a great fundraising method because it is easy. Grocery stores, convenience stores and bottle redemption centers all accept empties in exchange for money. Some places even give a little incentive if you’ve pre-counted and cleaned the bottles. Sometimes grocery stores have barrels set-up for people to donate bottles and the redemption slips to schools for various field trips.

Please donate to us when you see a bottle collection box for Phi Theta Kappa or Alpha Chi Nu on campus. I will post a list of the collection locations within a week. We really appreciate your help. Thank you!

Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

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