We are always amazed at how much work a group of middle-schoolers can get done in a short period of time! And the type of work that they are capable of doing when given the opportunity. Today’s theme, Human Services focused on providing basic needs to neighbors in need – safe shelter, food – these are things no one should do without. Mr. Ken Manwaring of Habitat for Humanity said it best, “We are providing a hand up, not a handout.” We spent the morning with Habitat at a house in the Victoria Place Urban Revitalization Area, and this is what these kids did:
- Removed tin siding from a house using hammers and crow bars.
- Cleaned out the Habitat trailer of all its tools (there were a lot!), then reorganized it.
- Removed wire fencing and foliage using shovels, loppers, wire cutters and hands (I’m talking 2 sides of wire fencing around the yard, tree roots, fence posts and all).
- Removed the contents of the house – boxes, furniture, etc.
After a break for lunch at Cherokee Lake, we were off to the new Second Harvest facility where they sorted literally thousands of pounds of food to help feed the hungry in our own community.
And they did it all…with smiling faces and enthusiasm to spare!
Here are a few pictures from our day. See more pictures on our Facebook page.