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    Wednesday
    Mar312010

    Email to Parents from Day #5 of The NOLA Tree's Spring Program

    Hey All...So in yesterday's email, we mentioned how we were about to head out for a group walk.  Well, it never happened.  While we were waiting for everyone to gather, a game of touch football game broke out, and we played until it was pitch dark instead.

    Today, it was back to work at St. Margaret's Nursing Home in the Lower Ninth.  It's always different returning to a work site because the expectations are so different.  It's amazing how much you learn about what to do and how things work at a site in just a day, and toward that end, The NOLA Tree volunteers seized the initiative.

    Boy did we work hard!  This morning, we were hauling trash, recycling 2x4s, pulling nails from wood, and organizing the dumpster.  Ana was Queen of the Dumpster.  She set up an assembly line with Adrian, Liza, Sofia, and Julian.  Inside, Jorge and Caroline were masters at nail removal.

    We broke for lunch at noon, but then it was back to work.  After a discussion about site safety from our amazing Project Manager, Tommy, we used power tools!  Everyone who had permission to use them was able to use the nail gun and circular saw.  This was needed because we needed to board up windows.  Najzali and Wesley rocked, and by the end of the afternoon, Alejandro and Max were giving tutorials to everyone.

    Right now, we're back at Camp Hope a little on the early side.  We're going to have dinner and then it's off to get some Sno-Balls, another New Orleans tradition.  Then we'll be back here for what's sure to be another inspiring  de-brief.

    Tomorrow, we're at a new job site.  Every day, something new.  Every day, something amazing.

    Peace, Phil and Ana
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