December 18, 2008
The University of Maine at Fort Kent Student Education Professional Society (STEPS) club’s community service activity, this past semester, was to join with a local community organization. STEPS members teamed up with the Fort Kent Rotary International to help with a holiday project that the Rotary was working on to provide food to the Fort Kent Ecumenical Food Pantry.
Together, STEPS and Rotary purchased 40 holiday meal packages at Shop-n-Save -- a total of 480 pounds of food -- which was donated to the food pantry. This is a good beginning toward assisting families during the holiday and winter seasons.
STEPS members were able to coordinate two fundraisers (a Halloween bake sale, and a bottle drive) to raise the money in order to do community service, as well as other activities. Club members also assisted ACAP with a clothing drive this fall, which helped many individuals to "keep warm this winter."
STEPS is one of many clubs at UMFK. It was created to expand the educational experiences at UMFK. It seeks to provide information on current educational issues and to inform students on certification criteria in Maine and in Canada. The society endeavors to provide a setting in both the social and professional realms. STEPS is open to all interested UMFK education students. Dr. Doris Metz and Penny Albert, UMFK assistant professor of education, are advisors to the group.