As part of a semester-long project exploring recreation projects, 10 Western Carolina University students chose to take the initiative to improve the appearance of Cullowhee’s business district on the Tuckaseigee River.
With cooperation of staff members from Western’s paint crew and greenhouse, the students pressure-washed and painted the Western Carolina University signs at the old entrance to campus. The students also completed a trash pick-up along N.C. Highway 107 and the Tuckaseigee River in the downtown Cullowhee area.
“We wanted to enhance the relationship between students, residents and university employees,” said Katie Hughes, project director. “Often times, students’ energy is trapped inside the classroom. This project allowed the students to complete a worthwhile project and gain experience interacting with other departments of the university and with local businesses and residents. With the recent business growth in Cullowhee, the students hoped to stimulate interest in the area and promote a more lively and active community.”
Participating students are enrolled in a “Management and administration of Parks Recreation Services” class in the parks and recreation management curriculum.