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RACINE – Retired elementary school teacher Jeff Siuta was honored as Community Service Volunteer of the Year by the Racine Region Retired Educators Association (RAREA) during his vacation lunch annual December 8 at Roma Lodge. The recognition of Jeff’s service was originally scheduled for the group’s 2020 holiday lunch, which was canceled due to the pandemic.

Since retiring from the Racine Unified School District in 2009, Siuta has devoted most of her volunteer hours to various forms of community development. Less than a week after his retirement, he signed with Habitat for Humanity, where he helped build some 50 homes and now serves as vice chairman of the board.

Siuta has collected recyclables from Habitat construction sites and other sources that are reused in art projects for students at Julian Thomas Elementary School.

Through her involvement as a board member of the West Racine Alliance and the West Racine Working Group, Siuta has been active in planning events and infrastructure for the West Racine community, including the Farmers Market, the highway 20 reconstruction project, and the maintenance and repair of the Chalet du Père Noël.

He helped build raised beds at the N. Owen Davies Community Garden, co-managed a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) collection site, and contributed product information and newsletter recipes. from Pinehold Gardens CSA.

In addition, Siuta sits on the board of directors of Olympia Brown Church.

In total, Siuta is credited with 1,226 hours of community service in 2019, the latest year in which RAREA has tracked members’ volunteer hours. However, during the pandemic, he remained active – as far as restrictions allowed – in each of the areas mentioned. In fact, a more recent service undertaken since the 2019 count is his collaboration with his wife Mary to make and distribute free masks for preschool and elementary school students.

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