Maritime Academy: Cadets Take Part in Restoring Local History
California State University Maritime Academy’s Martin Luther King National Day of Service took place in spring of 2013. Held at the Mare Island Historic Museum, this weekend-long event was organized by community partner Rebuilding Together Solano County and gave 40 cadets the opportunity to participate in 6-8 hours of community service. Students volunteered to hang drywall, paint, and polish artifacts alongside local residents who also volunteered to serve that day. While helping to restore part of Vallejo's local history, students interacted with community members, established a strong camaraderie with each other and were inspired to continue the work they were doing until projects were completed several months later.
“I was stuck in a life of mediocrity of my own making. I wanted an opportunity to use my talent and my mind to serve society; I wanted to stop merely subsisting and start thriving through doing meaningful work.”
—David Buckley, 2013 CSU Trustees’ Scholar and Cal Maritime Cadet
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