By: Ariana Puentes, Employer Services Coordinator

A few weeks ago, my colleague Wioletta and I traveled to South Dakota to take in the sights of Rapid City, Keystone, and Custer State Park. While there we had the pleasure of meeting with ten of our employers and catching a glimpse of our participants busy at work.

Some of the participants who work at Rushmore Tramway Adventures convinced Wioletta and I to try the zip-lining course offered there. After zooming down a mile long wire going 80 mph (or at least it felt that way!) we were received by one of our participants who was pretty amused by our shrieks and wide eyed stares.

It was really fun for us to experience a typical work-day of some our participants, even if it was brief.

The following day we completed a service project with Custer State Park picking up trash. We were happy to have the help of twenty participants and four Custer State Park staff members, making this a successful event!

After the service project, we got to enjoy each other’s company at a cookout. There were burgers, watermelon, coleslaw and potato salad galore! It was great to see participants dive right into the food and hear them sigh as they finished their last bites. Before we parted ways with the participants we took a group picture, said our goodbyes, and wished them the best.

To make sure we finished our trip on a good note, Wioletta and I visited Mt. Rushmore and ate an ice cream cone the size of our face. All in all, our Going Greenheart Tour to the Dakotas was a success!

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