Today, our team was divided among four different projects at the work site. Because today was the first day of school, Jenna, Chloe, Chelsea, and Kiara played with the preschoolers and made sure that they didn't encroach on the playground project. They read to the kids, sang with them, danced, and even taught them games! Ring Around the Rosie was a huge hit!
Steve, Cody, and Ron worked on the playground. They took the slide apart, put it back together so that the slope wasn't so steep, and reattached it to the playground structure. They also lowered half of the structure, added diagonal beams to make it more stable, and then redid the roof. They still need to pour some small cement pads, but the playground is now totally safe and play-able!
Marge, Eve, Lee, Erica, and Mikah focused on digging the septic tank hole. They took turns using the hammer drill, scooping out the rocks with buckets, and filling the wheelbarrow. Their system worked really well, and with the help of three of the local construction guys at the end of the day, they managed to make the hole around 4 1/2-5 feet deep! Only a foot and a half to go!
We also worked with the local guys to prep the classroom foundations for tomorrow, when we'll pour the cement for the floor. First, the dirt and rocks on top had to be smoothed and wood planks put all around the cinderblocks. Then, the dirt had to be watered with a hose. There may or may not have been some extra water sprayed our way... it really cooled us off! In the afternoon, the men took a large roll of gridded rebar and put it on top of the dirt and rocks, which was the last step before pouring the floor!
Tomorrow, we will start an hour early in order to get all the cement poured by lunchtime. The goal that the local construction manager had for our group was to get the floor done, so please pray that we will wake up refreshed and ready for a morning of hard work!
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