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NMC students clean up museum area

STUDENTS of Northern Marianas College’s current issues class under Michael Berglund conducted an all-day cleanup at the CNMI Museum on Saturday.

“The museum needed help with the overgrown grass, given their limited manpower; we thought we could pitch in and help,” said Malyssa Castro, who spoke on behalf of the 13 students.

NMC students pose with Robert Hunter, far left, the CNMI Museum’s curator.   Hunter is grateful for the students’ help with the yard cleaning.NMC students pose with Robert Hunter, far left, the CNMI Museum’s curator. Hunter is grateful for the students’ help with the yard cleaning.
Castro, who was involved with the planning and execution of the event, said the cleanup was part of their community-service requirement.

It started at 8 a.m. and continued until 4 p.m.

Castro said their goal was to bring awareness to other groups, not just students, to pitch in and help the community, especially areas that represent the islands.

She urged community members to help maintain the cleanliness of the island.

“The beauty of the islands is a representation of the people who live there. We need to come together as a community and keep our islands presentable and inviting for our visitors. After all, tourism is the main driver of our economy and we want to make our visitor’s feel that our islands are beautiful, clean, and safe to visit,” she said.

Francis Pangelinan, who also helped organized the event, said participating in the cleanup campaign was very rewarding.

“Taking a little time off from our busy schedules to give back to the community is a rewarding experience. At the end of the day, a little effort will make a huge impact toward keeping our islands beautiful for all of us to experience.”

He said he felt a sense of pride by getting involved with activities that help the community.

“I hope that other groups and/or organizations take this as an example of how we all can make a difference by volunteering our time to give back to the community,” he added.