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Updates from Mississippi

From Rachel Fumia, College Guidance Department:

We’ve been working in Tutwiler, MS, with the West Tallahatchie Habitat for Humanity affiliate.  It has been excessively cold here – on Tuesday, it was 32 degrees in the Mississippi Delta at the same time it was 31 degrees in Newtown!  We are dealing with it, however.

This photo shows all the houses that George School students have worked on in the past five years.

This photo shows all the houses that George School students have worked on in the past five years.

 Pictures from the day in our houses in Tutwiler.  The kids have been painting & texturizing ceilings as well as staining and varnishing baseboards and cabinets.  Messy, messy work!  But they are hard at work.

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Photos from Mississippi

From Rachel Fumia, College Guidance Department

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Photos from Another Mississippi Worksite

From Kathleen O’Neal, Religion Department

These photos are from our worksite at 230 Jefferson in Clarksdale, MS.  This house was previously a Habitat house in a Habitat neighborhood (actually just three houses down from our Habitat dorm), that is now being rehabbed.  When we started working here on Monday the house not only still had walls, but also a full kitchen and bathroom.  In fact, the first thing we did was empty the house of furniture.  A lot of progress has been made by our small group (Ben ’14, Ella ’15, John ’15, and Max ’15) over the last four days.  The city should pick up all the drywall and cabinets we’ve pulled out of the house tomorrow so today our group posed in front of the pile triumphantly.

 

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Updates from Mississippi

From Kathleen O’Neal, Religion Department

We had a fun evening Wednesday night in Oxford and then headed back to our dorm. There are also a few photos from our work at the house.

From Rachel Fumia, College Guidance Department

Jack ’14, Dena ’15, Kostas ’14, Andrew ’14, Danny ’15, Felix ’14, and Jackson ’14 are working on the ceilings at 40 Choctaw. We are prepping the ceilings in the house now and later today we will paint and “popcorn” them.

Meanwhile, Katie ’14 and Ben ’14 are delivering food to elderly, homebound and disabled residents of Clarksdale with Wayne from the Care Station, Clarksdale’s soup kitchen/food pantry.

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We’re having a great time in Mississippi!

From Rachel Fumia, College Guidance Department:

Here are some pictures from one of the worksites.  We have been building a house for James and Lily, a couple who have a teenager.  So far we have leveled out the driveway to prepare for concrete to be poured, “mudded” the ceilings and the ​wall joints and a variety of other things.  More to come later – we don’t have wifi at our house right now but we will start sending blog entries as soon as we can.

From Kathleen O’Neal, Religion Department:

Here are a couple more photos from our site.  There were walls in the house this morning but we ripped it all out today.  We’re having a great time!

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Updates from Mississippi

From Kathleen O’Neal, Religion Department

The Mississippi service trip is underway and the kids are enjoying themselves. More photos another day!

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On our way to Mississippi!

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by | March 10, 2014 · 9:34 am

It’s Spring Break–That Must Mean Service!

Over the next few days spring service trips will be departing from George School. Students and faculty will be traveling together to France, Mississippi, Nicaragua, South Africa, and Washington DC. You can read updates from the trips right here on the blog and learn about the fun and important work our students are completing.

Learn more about each of the trips below:

France
Started in 1957, this relationship represents the longest running student exchange program between a US and a French high school. George School students work as teachers’ assistants in a variety of educational settings and live with local host families. A trip to Paris is one of the highlights. Students also join their host families for local sightseeing. French students, in turn, visit George School several weeks later.

Mississippi
Students work with Habitat for Humanity helping to build affordable houses along with those who lack adequate shelter in Northern Mississippi. The group also enjoys potluck dinners with current and future Habitat homeowners and other members of the community. Students build relationships with the community as they build homes. There also are opportunities to explore local sites of interest in northern Mississippi.

Nicaragua
Students work as teachers’ assistants in our sister school in Barrio Riguero, a working-class Managua neighborhood. Other service opportunities may include repairing and upgrading
schools and health clinics in impoverished areas. Students stay with host families who speak very little or no English. Cultural excursions typically involve visits to artisan markets, and historic sites, as well as the lakes and volcanoes for which Nicaragua is known.

South Africa
The South Africa service project immerses students in a cross cultural exchange with families from different communities in Capetown. Students will volunteer at an elementary and middle school during the day and assist at an orphanage in the afternoon. The orientation will include a review of the U.S. civil rights movement and conclude with an intense study of civil rights and apartheid in South Africa. Students will end their service by visiting the apartheid museum in Johannesburg.

Washington DC
Students volunteer at Martha’s Table, SOME (So Others Might Eat), DC Central Kitchen, and a local mission. Using Hostelling International as home base, students will have the opportunity to visit museums and explore our nation’s capital.

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