The first phase of Mill River Park's renovation was completed earlier this year. But there is still plenty of work to be done.
"It's all little things. There's always something to do," says Al Domeyko, at program & outreach associate for the Mill River Collaborative.
Stamford students from the Starfish Connection did a few of those things Saturday -- spreading woodchips along the playground floor and remove invasive plants along the river bank.
Mariah, an eighth grader at Cloonan Middle School, says students her age should strive to maintain a beautiful Earth.
"It's a great opportunity for children to give back to their community," says Starfish Connection co-founder and director Judy Martin.
Domeyko says when the park gets volunteers groups to donate their time "it helps a lot."
Starfish Connection was established in 2008. It pairs third grade students from low income families with adult mentors all the way through high school graduation.
Currently 37 students are mentored by Starfish Connection.
"If your parents didn't go to college and you have the potential for it, that's what it helps you to do," Mariah says.
Martin says that is the primary goal.
"These children will be the first in their families to go to a four-year college," she says.
To learn more about Starfish Connection, visit starfishconnection.org.