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Working collaboratively to improve and protect Dayton’s natural resources, educate the public, and devote ourselves to service are activities we, the River Stewards, have accomplished this semester. Alone, I could never move a picnic table (I completely lack the upper body strength). But with a group of 19 bright minded students, it would be no problem and this is just what my cohort and I did. The River Stewards took a service trip to SunWatch, an authentic Native American village close to the Great Miami River, and moved 15 very heavy picnic tables in no time flat. Our leader at SunWatch said we worked well as a team and exceeded his expectations. This exemplifies “the power of collaboration” the Rivers Institute fosters.


University of Dayton Rivers Institute, Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, River Stewards, Great Miami River