Contributing writer - Edward Bell, Urban Forestry Crew Member
I began working at Casey Trees in the fall of 2010 as a crew member, and this summer I took on new leadership: managing a group of students on our Summer Crew and driving the water truck.
My experience over the summer can be summarized in four words, “my cup runneth over.” It might sound cliché, but I am thankful for the opportunity to have an impact on the environment and help care for an important part of our urban community: the trees. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with younger people and having a positive impact on their lives. I shared with them the basic knowledge about watering and tree care. I led by example and demonstrated good work practices like being prompt to work, working hard, and working well as a team. How do I motivate the students? I like to yell, “bucket brigade!” It’s my call to action to get work done.
This summer has definitely been a memorable one. We have watered thousands of trees and my crew didn’t get any traffic tickets or have any accidents. With only have one more week of the Summer Crew season we're planning on staying safe and productive.