NEWPORT — Ten active duty and reserve sailors from the Navy Operational Support Center in White River Junction spent Tuesday morning at the Cinnamon Street Daycare and Headstart site on Sunapee Street.
“It's our way of giving back,” said Senior Chief Richard Baumert. “We like to volunteer and help the community out.”
The men and women were observing Teacher Appreciation Week by improving the grounds at the nonprofit daycare site. They raked leaves, planted flowers, added dirt and mulch to the flower beds by the front door, and even straightened the parking lot fence where a snowplow had run into it.
“Cleaning up areas for children to play in, making them safe; we like to do little things like this,” said Baumert.
He said the sailors hail from all over the country, including Texas and California, and were in service for anywhere from three years to more than 20. The Naval Reservists present work for all of Vermont and Northern New Hampshire.