Today I woke up around 0600, getting ready for inspections with my roommates. This involved shaving, making our beds, getting in uniform, and then eating a good breakfast to start the day.
When we arrived at the building site, everyone started to unload the equipment. We picked up where we last left off on Wednesday. The first task I had today was to finish nailing off the walls around the frame of the house. Next, I was assigned to put up the houses trusses and get the frame on the roof in place. We used various power tools to cut off parts to even out the structure. After lunch, we ended the day by putting in hurricane weather braces connecting the roof frame to the walls so the house could be more weather resistant.
Although I have had a handful of community service before involving My Brother’s Table, Lynn Youth Hockey Learn To Skate, and Boston Children’s Hospital, building a house for a family who doesn’t have one has a whole different feeling to it. It truly gave me a rewarding feeling of happiness knowing that what we’re doing down here will change the life of a not so fortunate family.
Building a house is a lot more interesting than you think. I’ll have to admit when it comes to community service I never thought I would be picking up a hammer, but I’m glad I did. Doing great things for other people in need is just another step towards the goals that interest me. I’ve made connections, new friends, and met new people can benefit my future.
I would like to give a shout out to my mom, Mrs. Gallant, and her kindergarten students from the Aborn Elementary School back home in Lynn, Massachusetts and thank them for watching my experiences throughout this course. I hope everyone’s doing well back home. I have a special message for the class, and all of the K- 12 students participating in the Follow The Voyage - Share The Experience Program.
Being kind and doing nice things for others is a very important part of life whether it’s helping a classmate or anyone that you meet. What I want you to do is get involved in community service. Giving back to the community is what keeps it going. I’ve discovered that it can be very rewarding.
Community service was an important reason why I got into the Academy because that’s what it’s all about. I also want you to realize that overcoming the challenges in your life will follow with amazing rewards.