Hello, everyone. This is Brian Root, the campus chapter advisor. I am having the pleasure of joining this fantastic group of students here in Avery County. Today marked the halfway point of our trip to Avery County. I’ve witnessed students come out of their comfort zones, accomplish goals, learn new skills on the work site, use power tools they had never used before, and have the kind of fun they never thought would happen on this trip.
Today, we spent the morning on the work site finishing up several tasks we’ve been working on the first few days. And then, we spent the afternoon at Grandfather Mountain, where we hiked and explored this wonderful, local state park. One of the highlights of the visit to Grandfather Mountain was crossing the mile-high swinging bridge. Personally, I loved our afternoon spent there. The students loved it, too. It provided all of us a chance to spend stress-free time with one another in a beautiful place. Many of us made souvenir purchases at the Grandfather Mountain gift store.
A local church, Heaton Christian Church, hosted a dinner for us this evening. It gave the group a night off from having to prepare their own dinner. We were treated with southern hospitality that we’ve all come to expect at this point. Thank you to the church for a great dinner!
Each night at 9:30 p.m., our group circles up to reflect on the day. On Monday, we shared highs & lows of the day. On Tuesday, we participated in an activity called “Crossing the Line”. Tonight’s reflection brought the group closer together, as there were many tears shed and hugs afterwards. It’s important to us that we ask the group to reflect on the role that others have played in their lives when it comes to inspiring or helping them in some way. When students share those moments or people, they are often emotional when doing so. Tonight was no different.
Earlier in the week, we met the future homeowner of the home that we are working on. She is a disabled veteran and cancer survivor. In a short 5-minute interaction, we all developed a new appreciation and new reason for doing the work we are doing this week.
Things are going so well so far. Thank you all for caring to follow along on our weeklong journey. And thank you to those of you who helped make this trip financially possible.