Good morning,

We had a fabulous day at the Pitch in on the Piedmont EDGE community service event on Saturday, April 26th, 2014.  We are so grateful to our terrific partners at the EDGE Mason Center for Team and Organization Learning program and George Mason University and give special thanks to:

  • Ms. Sue Czarnetsky, Sales Account Manager
  • Ms. Cathy Holt, Sales and Marketing Assistant
  • Mr. Daniel Nellis, Facilities Supervisor, and
  • Mr. Charvis Campbell, Assistant Dean, Prince William Campus, University Life

Our team of dedicated and hardworking students, mentors and volunteers did an amazing job filling dozens and dozens of wheelbarrows with mulch using their pitchforks, raking the mulch, and restoring the Piedmont Trail and element sites for the Challenge Course.  This was no small task.  The loop trail is 1.2 miles situated within a 10 acre site located on the Mason Prince William Campus adjacent to academic buildings and the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center.  Everyone worked with smiles and great attitudes for 3 solid hours.  We never heard a single complaint and everyone seemed very happy to be a part of this worthwhile endeavor.  We even had to make the students briefly stop to have water breaks.

The weather was simply perfect for the volunteer day.  We started our day with our traditional juice and bananas breakfast, then went straight to work.  We joined other volunteers and built teams to complete each location.  We enjoyed delicious pizza courtesy of our hosts, then reviewed our SAT/ACT vocabulary word list.  Students ended the day with use of the enormous pool facilities and basketball court at the Freedom Center.

Students who were not yet enrolled in the Academy when we began our Kick Off overnight event here in September 2012 inquired if we could come back in the near future to do the team-building challenge course again with all the new participants.  We look forward to possible future events that allow our students to share their talents and skills.  We will be posting some videos and photos of our great students on our blog so please be sure to visit www.firststar.org and click on the programs section for the Greater Washington Academy.

Thank you to everyone who made this special day possible.  We are especially grateful to the social workers and family members who ensured our students’ participation.  I want to give a special shout out to our volunteers, Ms. Susan,

Mr. Wayne, Ms. Michelle Jones, Ms. Samantha, and Ms. Keelin who give their time, love and support at every event.   Now, let’s get ready for the May 10th monthly event at GWU, Mount Vernon Campus!
In gratitude,
Teresa Zutter