The van ride from the Cardies Hotel in Independence to Bella Vista takes about 15 minutes
We dropped off the soccer balls from BSU Women's soccer and Washington Elementary
Drew bringing a little Idaho to Belize
We are flying the colors today
Daryn is all smiles to be today's project manager
She jumped right in to brief the crew on the plan for the day
By the way... it's really really hot and humid today
Ready, set, go... getting going
We've been storing our supplies in the storage shed (aka Ladies Toilet).
Tory (above) and Tara (below) help out the std VI (8th graders) on clean up duty
Tory escorted to the trash can
Half the school is out today to start their Easter/spring break. The other half gets out at noon. No rest for Principal Ovado seen here mowing the grass. Principal Ovado is working hard to improve the culture of the school to develop pride in his students. He works tirelessly to enrich the students' lives
Std I-III is out today, which means we have a full work crew. Tasks today include finishing the tire playground, building a swing set, raking rocks off the site.
This is difficult to see, but crews are working on various activities: tires being painted, structure being bolted, swing set being built
The tire playground activities include
Colors being chosen
and tires painted
I'm thinking the Oregon Ducks would like this color scheme
Go Broncos (we didn't have orange so use your imagination)
Color is cool
and children are really cute
For the tire structure
Tires are bolted together
And testing.... see Daryn 'testing' the tires
While keeping watch on her crew. Nice job multitasking Daryn
After testing, tires are painted with a primer coat
Then holes drilled for drainage
Darren, Kirsten, and Tara becoming 'one' with the tires
Our paint team wants you to guess what 'animal' the tire structure represents
Gloria's comment on the tires......'muy bonita'
I wonder how the swing set is coming along
Sara is our lookout and guard
Prepping the bolt holes
holding up the walls to the school
then sawing actual 2 x 4's (i.e the boards actually measure 2 x 4.. unlike the US)
Don't believe me? See for yourself
Then bolting together
oh no! we read the drawings incorrectly
So we do what any good constructor does... get a bigger hammer
and presto.. it's fixed
buried 2 feet deep
and it was perfectly level on the first try!!
Gloria gives it a thumbs up
School girls clap
and Darren dances?
putting the seats on the swing
Giving the final product a test ride
We also had a lot of rocks to rake and shovel..
the soil here.. in non-geotechnical terms is 'lot's and lot's of rock'
so we brought in our subcontractors
and our synchronized rake team
Tory and friend checking out all the action
We learned this week, shade is our friend
Here's one of the hardware stores that we purchased sand, cement, lumber.
The site has come a long long way in 4 days
BSU students, Joni Valencia (Peacework), and Gloria's family