by: Shannon Carney
After this around 12:30, the team had lunch at the local middle school. This was quite an experience. We walked in smelling of bug spray, mud, and honestly a lot of body odor from the first half of the day, but the school really welcomed us with open arms. The director of the school greeted us with another teacher and two students. We quickly ate lunch and then we were invited to tour around their school, which was a great opportunity to see different student art work, inspirational quotes throughout the school, and even a small museum resembling the student’s grandparents living conditions. After this, we were taken outside to play and learn a few games with the students that had led the tour.
In the afternoon, the groups were rotated in order to partake in more aspects of the cemetery restoration process. Paige, Sarah and I (The Power Puff Girls) were one of the groups doing the gravestone restoration. Here, we tried to find, outline with a shovel, and lastly usually turn over the gravestones that we found buried under about 2 inches of soil. There was one grave in particular that we worked very hard to dig up and turn over. We were each surprised to see how well it was persevered. At the end of the day, the mayor of Stakliskes even came by to commend our work thus far.
Today was filled with a great deal of teamwork and team bonding via hard work. One aspect that I was reflecting on today was the girl power-ness of the day. Whether it was carrying the fence posts with Macey and having the workingmen compliment us on our determination or Paige, Sarah and I lifting up massive grave stones with help from a crowbar or shovel I was very proud of the work our group has put in so far and it was only been one day of work.