Our Readers Share – Steven McPeak: UW-W Grads Reunite in Whitewater and Help with Lake Cleanup

Steven McPeak submited this story to the Banner: “Four other friends and I are marine biology graduates for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Now that Cravath Lake is drained, we noticed trash along the bank and where the lake used to be.  We decided to clean up some of the trash and in no time we filled the six bags that we brought with us. We all studied abroad in Australia last year, and while there we did many beach clean ups while enjoying the ocean. During these weird times, people need to see that you can still make positive impacts on your community. It’s so easy to walk by an area and not even notice pieces of trash on the ground or to just walk by it. If everyone just took a bag with them when they go on a walk and picked up whatever they saw on the ground, it could really make a difference. We are planning on going back to Cravath Lake another day with more bags to continue to clean it up.”

In response to the Banner’s request for more information, Steven responded, “Yes, us five have all graduated in marine biology within the past year. We all live within the area. Two of us live right over the border in Illinois, and the rest live in Wisconsin, the farthest living three hours away. There names are Alyssa Veness, Elizabeth Rockow, Isaac McCready and Nicole Price.”

— Our thanks to Mr. McPeak for sharing this story and its encouragement for all to find ways to make a difference even in these difficult times. How kind of these five students to spend part of their day together helping to make our environment cleaner and more attractive!

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