Mark is the lead of the construction arm of the VIPS (volunteers in public service), a local service group formed to help support our schools. He does a lot of smaller jobs on his own, but this was a biggie. FORTUNATELY, we had a nice turn-out, with 15 parents, grandparents, teachers and kids turning out over two days to help. Unfortunately, those two days just happened to be some of the hottest September days I can recall (104 the first day), but we can legitimately claim a bunch of sweat equity!
I'm proud to say, the kids were part of the effort. They kept asking to help, and finally there was a job that was just right!
As a final touch, the volunteers emptied their pockets, throwing all their loose change into the box and burying it in the sand.
I don't have a picture of the first day...yet.
I know. What a tease! But I'll get one and share it. I promise.