|The crew readies themselves for Thanksgiving day... half going to the build site, |
the other half going to clear up trash at the local public beach.
On Monday, the building crew from last week headed off to Upton Gardens to kick off their week in the classroom, as the remaining eight students began their building experience. After spending meal times with Pat and Mo and hearing stories about Reggie, Saint Omar, and Boi from last week's build crew, the new building team was eager to start on their building project. These eight students started their project by selecting an old paint shirt, a paint brush and getting a short safety lesson from Pat. Unfortunately Mo had to return home early, but luckily Saint Omar was able to step in and help the crew. The day consisted of cutting lumber and a LOT of painting (which may or may not have turned into a paint fight!). Thanks to Laura, Mo, and last week's building team, many of the house beams and ceiling boards were already cut, painted, and ready to go. This helped make the two days of painting shorter, which allowed the Gapters to escape the intense St. Lucian heat.
On Monday, the 'classroom' group went to Upton Gardens Girls' Centre where all of the students taught and played games with each other. The Gapsters taught the girls Pterodactyl and Ninja--two games popularized during Outward Bound--and the Upton students taught the Gap squad a few of their traditional ring games!
|This week's build crew getting right to work on the roof!|
|Sir Arthur Lewis Community College puts on a fabulous production of The Ritual.|
On Wednesday, Autumn and Christian were able to go with the kids to swim lessons at the local recreation center. Many of the Gap students were disappointed that they didn't have their swimsuits with them, because the Dunnottar kids looked like they were having so much fun in the pool! Later in the week, the classroom crew ran or walked with the kids as they practiced for their school "marathon." Some of the kids planned on walking the entire two miles, while others--some of the more ambitious students--felt like sprinting! Each Gap student was paired with a Dunnottar student to accompany on the marathon. Working at both Upton Gardens and Dunnottar brought out each Gap students' inner-child during the week.
|Morgan Manthei reads with students at Dunnottar|
|Using teamwork to muscle-up one of the four house walls!|
|Collecting trash at the local beach. They filled over 13 bags of trash!|
|Michelle's House Blessing|
Servanna & Raphael's House Blessing
|Thanksgiving St. Lucian|