Saturday, March 31, 2012

Day 5: 6:30AM - Moving Mountains

We left our Bella Vista project yesterday site with one task remaining.  We wanted to provide some ground covering for the playground.  The soil is very rocky, so we spent a lot of time yesterday raking rocks.  "Raking Rocks",  that term just seems unnatural.

Yesterday afternoon we arranged for a load of sand to be delivered at 6:30AM today to the project site.  As you can see in the picture below, our definition of "truck load" and Thomas' at the hardware store definition of "truck load" are two different things.

We had 6 students volunteer to get to the site at 6:30AM to sand the playgound

Our mountain of sand
Oh, our equipment included 2 shovels, 3 rakes, and 3 buckets

Saturday morning at 6:30 didn't stop a few of our friends from dropping by to help.  We had so much sand we also decided to fill in some of the paths around the school.  

Sara raking

There is always time to play a little game of marbles.  Nathan tells me we was getting pretty good.

Ms. Marin was in her school room at 7:30 preparing for an adult literacy class she was providing.

So, we added sand in front of her school room also.

The game of marbles is heating up

The mountain moved to a mole hill
The sand crew

Ben giving the swing set a test ride

You didn't think Gloria would miss anything did you? Yep, she was at the school before 8 to inspect our work.  Remember, this is the saturday of spring break at Bella Vista

Gloria became family this week, so we invited her to come back to Boise with us, just kidding.

Speaking of family, here's Gloria's

Our finished product.  Pretty great job!  
Imagine a nice garden in the bed you can see along the school.  We have contacted a non profit working in Bella Vista on Agricultural projects about getting some nice dirt and plants for the garden.

The sand crew returned to Cardies Hotel for a hot shower and breakfast.  1 out of 2 isn't bad.  The power was out at the Hotel so no shower.

The whole crew
Right to left: Kirsten, Daryn, Nathan, Ben, Sara, Caia, Tara, Darren, Drew, Tory


OK.. so all work and no play...  no way.

The team deserves some fun don't you think?

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