Castleton State College ski team at the Kelly Brush Ride. (Photo courtesy of Castleton State College)
It’s back to campus for Castleton State College students. But the daunting task of facing a new stack of textbooks and a busy study schedule didn’t deter the undergraduates from jumping—feet first—into community service work during the first week of classes.
Hundreds of Castleton students, faculty, staff got down and dirty shoveling mud from Rutland city cellars. They also helped a number of local residents load water-damaged personal possessions into Casella waste dumpsters.
All the volunteer work was coordinated through Rutland City Mayor Chris Louras. The mayor was joined by several fire, police, and emergency personnel officers to thank the students for pitching in during a time of crisis.
After the cleanup work, students sat down for an Italian spaghetti dinner at Rutland Middle School.
Following the Rutland cleanup work, Castleton ski team members volunteered time to take part in the annual Kelly Brush Foundation Century Ride.
According to SCS Coach Chris Eder, 22 members of the ski team and friends—including sophomore women's basketball player, Alyssa Leonard—traveled to Middlebury College to join the charity ride.
“For the third year in a row, Castleton senior Erica Luce and her father participated in the event and completed the 100-mile course,” according to Eder. “The 100-mile ride raises money for improved ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with spinal cord injury through providing adaptive sports equipment, advancing scientific research on spinal cord injury, and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team.”