Nancy McCormick, from Wilmington Yearly Meeting, has this wonderful habit of raising money and bringing a team of people to visit Friends School almost every year. This year was no different. They arrived last Sunday. Monday was a school holiday and we had a day to work without students.
We tackled refinishing some wooden desks that had been written on, repairing/replacing/adding electrical outlets in the downstairs classroom, and renewing the decorative painting that Nancy had done some time ago. That went very well and jobs I had expected to take all day were completed by about 2:30 in the afternoon.
On Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday the guys helped with maintenance items including rebuilding the stair railing and installing the security system that used to be on Sam and Becky’s “old” house.
The women in the group did some tutoring during the day and provided some after school “Bible School style” activities.
Ms Nancy likes to raise money and provide for a special field trip to Caye Caulker for our kids if Ms Candi thinks they are deserving. We did that trip on Wednesday (see separate posting.)
On Thursday some of our group shared with the students. I walked by the door and noticed that Dennis was talking to them about his work as a machinist. I also walked by the door later while one of the ladies was talking to the students. As I approached the door I heard the words “happens at puberty.” I decided that there was some work I really must do, made a U-turn and went to my office.
A part of the craft activities on Friday was to make kites which is a traditional March activity here in Belize. Note the dead kite caught in the power line. It belonged to Egbert for a little while.
Also on Friday afternoon we celebrated our week together with cake and ice cream.
It is a special pleasure to host this group. They have been to Belize more often than I have and really know the kinds of things that are helpful. God bless ’em.