Yesterday a small group of students and I did some clean-up work in Washington Park not far from school. The weather was absolutely perfect— that mystical gray of almost rain without any hint of chill in the air. Armed with rakes and large black garbage bags, students picked up trash and gathered stray wood and other detritus, but mostly found that wonderful balance between doing work and connecting with friends. Though all were engaged there was something luxuriously leisurely about the time spent on this community service project where nature definitely recharged our cores. What a welcomed respite from the routine of school and intellectual pursuits. We spent two hours in an urban park we knew little about, soaking up the many hues of green and moisture and spring.