Kin Takahashi Week puts Maryville College alumni to work

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The Maryville College campus is getting a makeover as dozens of alumni put a little sweat equity into their Alma Mater.

It's called Kin Takahashi Week; named after a Japanese student who graduated from the college in 1895. He is the man who organized and sponsored building the Bartlett Hall, a student center and athletic building.

Dan Greaser, Maryville College class of 1960 said "He organized the students to make 300,000 bricks. He organized the locals to engineer it and provide the wood. He then went up north to raise money for the building."

Takahashi was an example of giving back to the college and for the past 16 years alumni have followed in his footsteps.

Gay Page, Maryville College class of 1961 said "We have painted, landscaped, power washed and cleaned the buildings on campus."

Gay and her husband Harry have been volunteering since 2004 and travel 10 hours each way to give back to the college.

"Harry and I met on campus and we just celebrated our 50 wedding anniversary this year. We come back every year and have a good time with our friends. It's just a wonderful way to give back to the school because the school did so much for us while we were here." said Gay

The volunteers also stay in the dorms and eat in the cafeteria, just like old times.

"There are plenty of alumni that don't have the money to give back but if we can give our time and talent; we're making a difference." said Greaser


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