Under the morning sun, with rakes in hand, Jennifer Rodina and her two daughters, 13-year-old Alie and 9-year-old Cassie, scraped the soil at Schweiger Ranch in Lone Tree on Oct. 1. Their task was helping re-seed the corral area — one of several jobs assigned to volunteers working at the ranch.
“My daughter is doing volunteer hours for school, so we wanted to try and find some things we could do as a family,” said Rodina, a Littleton resident. “If you’re doing things with your community, as in volunteering, then you appreciate the space you’re living in a lot more, so it’s important to try to teach your children that as well.”
Jennifer Rodina smiles with her two daughters, 13-year-old Alie, right, and 9-year-old Cassie, left, on Oct. 1 at Schweiger Ranch.
The family was among more than 50 participants in the Lone Tree Day of Service, which included projects at Schweiger Ranch and trash cleanups at about 20 different locations, said Pearce Miller, a management fellow for the City of Lone Tree.
“We’re excited to be here and excited to see so many of you out here supporting this wonderful cause,” Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet told the crowd of participants before the service projects began. “This is our second day of service, Lone Tree Day of Service, and I think it really is a great opportunity to bring community together (and) collectively work to accomplish goals.”
Mayor Jackie Millet speaking during the Lone Tree Day of Service. She is joined by Mayor Pro Tem Wynne Shaw and Councilmember Marissa Harmon, far …
Planning the day of service took months, Miller said. Coordinating the event was one of the first tasks he was assigned to when he started his yearlong fellowship with the city this summer.
“It’s really not been that difficult because there’s so many people that are willing to help out,” Miller said, expressing gratitude for Lone Tree staff members, citizens, council, and committee and commission members.
One of the Lone Tree commissions represented at the day of service was the Lone Tree Youth Commission, with three commissioners present — Laura Pulido, 16, Parker Genuario, 17, and Tyler Schulte, 17.
“As the youth commission, coming to these events is pretty important for us because we want to get more (of a) voice out about the youth commission — that we’re in the city, and we’re doing things for the city and for the youth in our city,” Pulido said.
Elizabeth Matthews, the executive director at Schweiger Ranch, speaking during the Lone Tree Day of Service.
The additional help was welcome at Schweiger Ranch, a historic landmark that dates back to 1874.
Elizabeth Matthews, the ranch’s executive director, said there is always something to do at the ranch, as “it takes a village to be able to do this.”
“It’s important for us to celebrate our community and to bring our community together. And I think Schweiger Ranch is an important part, and a really great place for community to gather,” Matthews said. “One of my favorite things about Schweiger Ranch is I love it when families can come out here and create a memory.”
Miller said he hopes people gain an appreciation for the volunteers at the service day.
“I hope that they can just continue to see that we care about our city,” he said. “We care about keeping this place really clean, and be (a) great place to live.”
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