3/20/2013 Staff

Kicking off F&M Years with Service at Millport

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	F&M students gather after painting a fence at Millport as part of the Putting It Together in the Community program. (Photo courtesy of Mark Harmon-Vaught) F&M students gather after painting a fence at Millport as part of the Putting It Together in the Community program. (Photo courtesy of Mark Harmon-Vaught)

When Carolyn and Robert Wohlsen formed their partnership with Franklin & Marshall in 2008, they were inspired by wanting to share Millport's resources with the College's students. F&M students have opportunities to learn in many ways at Millport, including participating in the College's Putting It Together in the Community (PIT) program, which provides incoming first-year students with service opportunities at Millport and other sites around Lancaster County.

At Millport, PIT participants spend a week painting, repairing, clearing brush and more before classes begin in August. They work hard and have a great time under the direction of Executive Director Lynn Myers and her husband Logan. Here are a few quotes from students attesting to the value of their experiences.

"The Millport connection gives F&M students a true sense of Lancaster County. We spend so much time in the small city hub; it is a wonderful breath of fresh air (literally!) to visit Millport and sense the rural roots that make Lancaster County so unique. It is amazing to have access to these two worlds -- urban and rural -- as students at such a small college!" — Andrew Foley '13

"To this day, my time spent at Millport stands as one of my favorite experiences at F&M. The program not only connected me to students with common interests as mine, but also it introduced me to the surrounding areas of Lancaster. This is something that is extremely important because as college students we tend to feel confined by the borders that are deemed 'campus.' Millport is a great way to start one's college career and I would recommend the program to anyone." — Eric Norgard '13

"My experiences at Millport make up some of my best memories at F&M! It is a great environment to get away to and was the setting where I made some of my first and best friends. Having Millport as a part of the F&M community offers students and faculty the opportunity to get involved with and interact with nature outside the classroom." — Alanna Wittet '15

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