Thomas Manglona II
Despite the bad weather early Saturday morning, Northern Marianas College student volunteers went ahead and spruced up the NMI Museum in Garapan by getting rid of overgrown vegetation.
The group cleanup was from 8am to 4 pm.
“We talked about it and we agreed and, as you can see it is all overgrown, and we wanted to help,” said NMC student coordinator Malyssa Castro.
The students mowed the lawn, raked, and removed invasive plants around the museum.
Castro said that they were able to get the equipment with the help of NMI Museum director Robert Hunter and some of the students.
The hours earned from the cleanup go toward the required eight hours of community service for their Current Issues of the CNMI class instructed by Michael Berglund.
Although the community service hours are required, NMC student Mayleen Aldan urged everyone in the community to do their part for the island and to take time from their day to make a small difference.
“If we all help and pitch in to beautify the CNMI I think we can show our tourists the beautiful aspects of the CNMI,” she said.
According to Berglund, the students organized the project without any assistance from him and took the initiative to organize the cleanup.
“The goal of the class is to encourage the students to take an active and positive role in their community, the CNMI. The CNMI, as is similar with all states, has serious issues. Students are encouraged to learn about the issues and find ways they can get involved and begin to work on making improvements,” Berglund explained. “The Current Issues class is a capstone course at the college. It is a way of letting the students know that they are close to completing their course of study [and] now it’s time to take their education seriously and make a difference in the community.”
Berglund said the class has 28 students.
Other students who participated in the cleanup include Francis Pangelinan, MaryAnne Borja, Joshua Sablan, Zoey C. King, Jin Zhen Zhu (Pearl), Jocelyn Camacho, Nicole Sablan, Mayleen Aldan, Frank Nawaz, Rona Dosa, Richard Mendiola, Delena, and Leila Nawaz.