While recovering from a recent surgery, Jason Castles, assistant dean of students and director of student leadership and engagement, can now relax in the refuge of his newly fenced backyard.
Bryan Carrier, acting dean of students, and Matthew Brunet, assistant professor of sports management, had an idea to replace the privacy fence in the Castles’ backyard that was in rough shape and no longer provided much solitude.
Enlisting the help of many in the Union community who were looking for ways to serve Jason and his wife, Jessica, the “Mending the Fence,” project was born.
“Jason’s loyalty and caring spirit easily makes him one of the most beloved people on Union’s campus,” Brunet said. “We wanted to show our love for him and Jessica by providing them with a gift that was both practical and memorable.”
Castles had planned to replace his backyard privacy fence but is now unable to do so while recovering from surgery.
Brunet and Carrier made the request for contributors through email to many across campus.
Nearly 60 people responded, and the pair raised the $1,700 needed to replace the fence in less than three days.
“A new fence would offer a quiet place for Jason and Jessica to relax while Jason recovers, as well as the necessary privacy needed for Jason’s physical therapy,” Carrier said.
Carpenter Fence Co. of Jackson installed the fence.
The removal of the old fence and the installation of the new one took about three days to complete.
“The Castles love it,” Brunet said. “They are thankful for the love and support of their friends, family and co-workers.”