Aroostook Aspirations Initiative’s 2016 Gauvin Scholars are gearing up for the 2017 County Service Challenge.

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Aroostook Aspirations

The County Service Challenge is a day in which Gauvin Scholars lead community service projects in Aroostook County, based on service platforms they selected last July.

Each Scholar takes a different approach with their project and some Scholars work together to increase the potential impact of their project. Several Scholars are working with animal shelters in the County to increase awareness of volunteer opportunities at local animal shelters. 2016 Bangor Daily News Gauvin Scholar, Sarah Watt, is pairing up with 2016 Katahdin Trust Company Gauvin Scholar, Megan Cole, and both are working with the Houlton Humane Society to help care and play with the animals.

They invite members of the community to volunteer some of their time during the County Service Challenge on June 7th; whether it be walking a dog, cleaning a cage, or keeping an animal company.

2016 Gauvin Scholar, Mariah Lane, is focusing her service in Southern Aroostook at the Oakfield Railroad Museum. The museum would like to create an education program to teach elementary aged children about the importance of the railroad, have the ability to apply for grants, and strengthen the education program.

2016 Gauvin Scholar, Kaitlyn Parady, is helping the Fort Fairfield Historical Society with some spring cleaning they need completed before the Potato Blossom Festival. Part of her project includes scrapping and painting the outside of Friends Church.

Other 2016 Gauvin Scholars will be working on service projects involving the Presque Isle Boys and Girls Club, Mars Hill community cleanup, Central Aroostook Humane Society and environmental education. Aroostook Aspirations Initiative’s Intern and Scholar Coordinator, Jordyn Madore, says the variety of the projects are impressive, and the dedication these Scholars have for their communities is very rewarding.

More information on individual community service projects can be found at If you would like to learn more about Aroostook Aspirations Initiative, visit, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter AAI/GauvinFund or e-mail them at Donations can be made online, in person at AAI, 754 Main Street Presque Isle, or by mail: 26 North Street Box 138, Presque Isle, ME 04769.

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