Great Stories - December on Taum Sauk

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The AmeriCorps St. Louis ERT team entered December knowing that it would be a challenging month. We had just received notice that our team was awarded a grant which would involve some intense work around the Taum Sauk area over the next few weeks. Throughout the project, the team worked cohesively and efficiently, and we accomplished a lot.  Aside from those quantifiable achievements, though, I was continually impressed and touched by the great sense of comraderie and high morale of the entire group.  Members went out of their way to take care of each other and keep spirits up. Just one example involves two members, Will and Janette, acting as "Santa's Helpers".  They brought decorations from home, set up a Christmas tree, and even suprised the group one morning with candy canes. This attitude extended to others as well.  An ERT alumnus volunteered not only his equipment but his time as well and joined us out in the field. Our program director, Bruce, treated our team to breakfast on an especially cold morning. One of our MDC partners remembered us mentioning a cookout and brought the team a homemade jar of pickles. It is hard to describe how much I appreciated every gesture. It became extremely evident to me that I was part of a truly special team, and it made me very proud to be a member. Lisa Formanik- ERT, Year 17 and 18

 "It became extremely evident to me that I was part of a truly special team, and it made me very proud to be a member."