During Mushroom Festival weekend, Carol Lowe is in full volunteer mode. From Friday’s Community Parade through to the final clean-up sweep of the Festival, Carol is there lending a hand to get things done. She is always bursting with energy and has a huge smile on her face. Her enthusiasm is infectious.

I volunteer because I love Kennett Square and being a part of the Kennett Square community,” she says. “It is fantastic working with like-minded, caring people who work hard to showcase our community during the Mushroom Festival.”

Among the responsibilities she’s taken on during the Mushroom Festival is that of Chief Recycler. She corrals a group of student volunteers each year and works to see that as much of the Festival’s trash as possible can be recycled. The crew changes the recycled trash bins often and even separates recyclable trash from the regular trash as needed. It isn’t the most glamorous of jobs, but it is necessary and greatly appreciated.

Carol and her husband Carl, are long-time residents of Kennett Square. They raised two children here, Chelsea (KHS Class of 2009) and Carl Jr. (KHS Class of 2013). Carol is a social worker with a private practice, specializing in working with adolescents and troubled teens. She is also on the Board of Directors for Family Promise of Southern Chester County. She was on the Demons Light Committee that was responsible for lighting Kennett High School’s stadium and continues to volunteer at the high school as well as St. Patrick’s Church.

I believe the work the Mushroom Festival does is invaluable,” she reflects. “It is an integral part of the community I am proud to serve.”