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July is Park and Recreation Month.

In July, we’ve asked some of our very own staff members to share their Parks & Rec Story with the community.

When the children wave at me in the hallway or smile because they learned something new, improve on their dances, win special awards at competitions, or enjoy a special event that we provided, I feel accomplished.

My Parks & Rec Story

Cindy Babicz; Recreation Manager – Preschool/Early Childhood

Why I got into Parks and Rec:

I began my Parks and Recreation journey as a Day Camp Director. My initial approach to Parks and Rec was a summer job in my hometown, my degree from college is in Elementary Education. My summer job turned into working as a Building Supervisor, a scorekeeper for the Basketball League, Front Desk Staff, Special Events Staff, etc. If you are a part of Parks and Rec you know that normally once you are in, you are in!

I was working in the Schaumburg School District at the same time I was working my numerous “jobs” in Parks and Rec. I was conflicted on which avenue I wanted to pursue when a job became available at the River Trails Park District (Preschool and Day Camp). I decided to apply for my first full-time position, that job sealed my path in this profession.

Regardless of the field I work in watching children grow is my passion. I have never missed a Preschool Graduation, a Dance Recital, or a Theater Production. When the children wave at me in the hallway or smile because they learned something new, improve on their dances, win special awards at competitions, or enjoy a special event that we provided, I feel accomplished. Parks and Recreation help mold the future of our children.  It provides programs that build confidence, increase socialization, and provide strength in both academics and personal interest activities. The rewards are endless for both staff and our participants and families.