Subject: A Job Well Done!!!!
When Pike River Suites Residence Hall Director James Cosby and his cohort Amy Piekarski went looking for service projects for their resident assistants, they needed look no further than the Racine REC. Contacting Mark Gesner who then served as manager of the Root River Environmental Education Community Center (a.k.a. REC), Cosby was specific about the kind of experience he wanted for his RAs.
"We are looking to do a service project similar to what we did last year," Cosby told Gesner in an email. "We had three groups last year: one group was invasive species hunting, another group was picking up trash by the river, and a third group was picking up trash on the path. We will be bringing 21 people with us: 2 professional staff and 19 college student leaders."
With Gesner's help, Cosby's crew found what they looking for--both in terms of community service and the sheer volume of trash--at the REC. They also connected with Racine's grassroots food organization, prompting a sincere thank you from Gesner.
"I hope your crew had a great morning of service on Saturday. As the picture suggests, you certainly found a good deal of trash in the Root River!" Gesner said. "Thanks for the help. I'm glad we also were able to get the group some time at the Racine Urban Garden Network."
Cosby, Piekarski, and the RAs also drew the praise of new Dean of Students Tammy McGuckin, who called their volunteer work "...a wonderful way to represent Parkside" in the community.
"Please know that all of your hard work this summer (and especially over the past few weeks) is appreciated," McGuckin wrote. "As a former 'Res Lifer,' I know how exhausted you both are right now and yet there's still a lot of work to be done. I'm sending a pat on the back, a hug, and a smile your way!"Adding that she has heard nothing but good things about the RAs, she thanked Cosby and Piekarski for making residence life a great experience for students.