Our Spring Break Service Learning students from Loyola and Notre Dame have jump started our growing and education programs - as well as helped ASPI assist our Rockcastle County community.
Beds at the Mt. Vernon offices, Rockcastle River Site, and the Mt. Vernon community garden are ready for spring planting! The high tunnel is fitted with seed trays and hanging baskets sprouting deliciousness and beauty.
The Mary E. Fritsch Nature Center has received a new coat of paint and the picnic pavilion a new roof. The Appalachian Challenge Academy sent platoons of 50 cadets each Wednesday when the college students were here. The college students led smaller groups of cadets, cleaning, repairing, and painting at the Rockcastle River Demonstration Site - and in one day accomplished a major rejuvenation. The National Challenge Academy sends one more platoon Wednesday, April 2 - and we'll finish up by mulching the grounds, digging out an overrun drainage system, and creating a new display for the Nature Center.
Notre Dame students cleaned an illegal highway dump site with James Renner, director of Rockcastle Solid Waste Management. Loyola students removed the ceiling from the old Livingston school in preparation for more renovation to the new community center.
Catholic Varsity members will join us in May for trail and garden work. If you have a group that could use some old-fashioned bonding time for an hour, a day, or a week, consider a service-learning project with ASPI. We have a little everything, building, trail work, garden jobs, and office work. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We cannot thank our volunteers enough!!!!!!
Suzi Van Etten