NORWAY – Five students and a Norway native who just returned to her hometown to live, volunteered their time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday.

Sue Denison, who has worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C., for the past 30 years, went to the Norway Memorial Library on Monday to give back and to reconnect with the community where she returned recently to live, she said. 

She was among the volunteers who met at the library on Main Street for a brief introduction before they headed out to their designated sites for two hours of work.

Denison and five Oxford Hills high school and middle school students spent the afternoon baking pies at the First Universalist Church on Main Street and doing paperwork at the Norway Historical Society.

“I can be part of the community. It’s a kind of coming of age thing,” seventh grade student Bowen Nobles of Norway said. He came with his brothers Brandon, a ninth-grader, and Brett, a 10th-grader at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in Paris.

“It’s a big part of our family,” Brett said of volunteering.

The local Day of Service program matched people with volunteer work at nonprofit organizations in downtown Norway. It was the third year the library has participated in the nationwide program. Allison Rosenblatt, young adult services librarian, supervised the day’s activities, which were open to adults and teens in grades seven to 12. A time for reflection and refreshments ended the program at the library.

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