SULLIVAN — A week before Thanksgiving, the students of Sumner Memorial High School fanned out from Ellsworth to Cherryfield as part of the school’s first annual community service day.
“I kept hearing a common theme about wanting to get our students out into the community, to see what our students are made of,” said Sumner Principal Ty Thurlow. “So we took this idea to the student council, and they loved it.”
From there, Thurlow said the students handled most of the planning for the event, contacting locations to go to and posting a sign-up sheet for activities.
“A couple of weeks before the event the sign-up sheets were posted and everybody who wanted to participate was able to,” Thurlow said.
All told, 162 Sumner students participated in the event. They performed community service at 16 different locations, including the Cave Hill School, the Ella Lewis School, the Birdsacre Sanctuary, the Birchwood Living Center and the Community Closet in Ellsworth, the Misty Morning Stables and The Ark Animal Sanctuary in Cherryfield, the towns of Sullivan and Winter Harbor and on the grounds of Sumner itself, among others.
“The School Board loved it, I think it was a big success,” Thurlow said. “And it was an idea that was formed in the ranks of the faculty, but the students really took the reins and made it happen.”