Hello! My name is Hank. I decided to join the Habitat for Humanity trip this year because I have always heard from older students that it is a rewarding and fun experience. This year I am excited to experience it for myself for the first time, as I will get to spend my spring break with friends while doing something that will have a positive impact on others.
Yesterday we packed our things into two 12-passenger vans, and we began our trip to Charlotte, NC. We made several stops along the way, at Sheetz for gas and Wendy’s for lunch. The van ride lasted around 8 hours but went by quick since most of the people in my van already knew each other and the ones who didn’t became acclimated very quickly with the group. We spent the ride laughing, singing along to songs, and having fun. We arrived at the Holiday Inn around 9 p.m. Some of us spent our night in the pool and playing card games to relax for our last few hours of the day. After recharging that night, we were ready for a big day the next morning. We ate breakfast in the hotel around 9 a.m. and left for our first activity of the day, touring the Carolina Raptor Center.
The Raptor Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of raptors (birds of prey). While we were there, we learned about birds such as eagles, hawks, condors, owls, and more. A highlight from the visit was a 20-minute presentation about a Eurasian Eagle Owl named Bart, where we learned lots of interesting facts about him as well as the differences between owls and other birds.
After visiting the Raptor Center, we had lunch at the Mellow Mushroom in Charlotte and then decided to spend the rest of our day at Camp North, a colorful area of Charlotte with various businesses as well as lots of art and places to hang out. We enjoyed spending time on chair swings, doing activities such as cornhole, and poking around through the small businesses. After Camp North, we finally arrived at the Habitat ReStore that we are staying at for the week. We met Mike, the Executive Director of the local affiliate, and he showed us the facilities we are staying at, as well as where we will be working.
We finished the night with dinner at Golden Corral and a trip to Walmart that consisted of lots of shenanigans. Overall, I had a great day seeing what Charlotte has to offer and I am excited to spend the rest of the week with such a great group of people.