Two days ago, we celebrated the final day of the 18/19 academic year, as well as Chase’s last day with us as a student member. He joined Deep Root Center in August 2017 and despite growing and maturing tremendously over the past two years with us, his personality remains pretty consistent with the following DRC Spotlight I wrote in November of 2017, after knowing him for a few short months.
“Thanks for the warning”, Chase responds, with a sly grin, every time someone announces they are leaving the room, but will be coming back soon. This is often followed up with his trademark observation – “fabulous.” In a place where everyone takes great pride in their word play skills, Chase is always happy to engage in any witty repartee.
This past year, Chase’s verbal jousting grew to include the statement: “this is why we can’t have nice things,” which he threw out at every opportunity, whether it technically made sense or not. It became the running joke, which everyone responded to with varying levels of tolerance. My forbearance, honestly, ended about two weeks into the run.
Unfortunately, Chase did not have the opportunity to decorate for his favorite season because we were deeply into the process of moving from Main Street to our new home at 48 Riverside. He made the best of it by decorating the cellar for one day, soon after moving in, with his entire collection.
Chase spent a good portion of this past year studying Viking History and lore. He also started creating and drawing “Were” characters; his drawing pad is now filled with these otherworldly creatures. Chase delves deeply into every subject he decides to pursue, yet on the surface he appears scattered. He has a million ideas and wants to investigate all of them, but usually ends up getting caught in the web of one or two projects, which often times remain unfinished because of the wormholes he follows in the quest for deeper understanding. When all of that intense focus and mental gymnastics become too much, he loves nothing more than to escape (at least once a day) to either Heritage Park or the SUNY Canton trail to race, run, play, and climb.
The other kids have dubbed him, “Uncle Chase,” and we are delighted to announce that he will be expanding on that role to be our Apprentice starting this August. We asked him to take on this position, due to the fact that everyone looks up to him, not only as a role model to emulate, but as another person who cares deeply about them, and who they know will advocate for them in the wider world.
Everyone needs an “Uncle Chase” – that ridiculously, fun-loving guy who will put up with your antics until you have reached the limits of even his tolerance. After which, he will smack you down to reality with a drolly, precise exclamation that reflects his innate ability to connect on that profoundly human level with every person he meets.
Congratulations on finishing your High School career, Chase! And, welcome to the DRC Team! I am looking forward to mentoring you in this new position and watching you continue to grow and mature, as you take it on with your trademark exuberance and passion.
A reminder that the DRC Fundraising Garage Sale is Saturday, June 1st from 8:30-2:00. We will be accepting donations this coming week. Please get in touch if you have something you would like to donate. Thanks!
I will be out of town for most of the month of June. I will be available through email or text.
Check out this amazing opportunity:
DRC's seedling coordinator, Christopher Raymo, will be offering Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)classes each Friday at 10am this summer, June - August. The classes will be individualized for each student and tailored to styles and technique that fits each person. The classes will be free to DRC students and open to the public for $10/class. Simple uniforms will be required. To register and get specific info about the uniforms please contact Christopher Raymo @ 315-262-7261.