November 26th, 2017

Day 6/Thanksgiving: Mike

The first five days has been an experience as a member of the Bucknell Katrina Recovery Team. Also, on our fifth day is when we have the opportunity to share the holidays with our new family. The five days have been both an amazing experience of challenges and growth. During the first day New Orleans was a very unique place. We traveled through a few different areas and it as thou we were transported through time and space. Each neighborhood seems to have its only feel and specialty. Over the first day what I remembered most was that it was […]

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November 25th, 2017

Day 6/ Thanksgiving: Jeff’s Take

Happy Thanksgiving! Today started out with Walt’s incredible filled croissants for breakfast again. Seriously, he should be selling these. They’re fantastic! We drove to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center where we volunteered at the 43rd Annual Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Department Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration. In the fourth photo of this NOLA.com article you can see a bunch of our crew dancing to the live music, which was fantastic. There were a lot of volunteers so they didn’t need us to serve food so we went outside and helped elderly folks get off the buses and into the convention center. There […]

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November 22nd, 2017

Day 5: Melissa’s Take

What does home mean to you? Last night during our reflection, we discussed what home means to each one of us.  We remembered what home has meant in the past and shared our hopes for what home will mean in our futures.  Then we talked about what it means to work in someone else’s home – to be standing in the living room belonging to a complete stranger, cutting drywall, applying mud, sanding, or feathering to a smooth finish.  Our reflections included a wide variety of topics, including privilege, entitlement, and privacy. Some of us considered the importance of the […]

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November 22nd, 2017

Day 5: Maha’s Take

It’s Wednesday! Today we started the day off making breakfast burritos. Walt laid out some delicious food items to fill our burritos. We were able to place hot and fluffy eggs, peppers, onions, jalapenos, cheese, and much more in our burritos. Honestly, they were absolutely delicious! I thoroughly enjoyed the burritos and helped some of my friends make them. Also, I enjoyed the plethora of fruit that we were able to pick out with our burritos. Overall, Walt’s food is absolutely amazing and I look forward to every single meal here. Tonight we are making our own pizzas so I’m looking forward to […]

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November 22nd, 2017

Day 4: Joyce’s Take (A Little Late)

-November 21st- This day started off slow due to the fatigue of yesterday kicking in. We continued our work from yesterday on Marques street. However, We changed our routine of sanding the drywall to putting hot mud on the seams on the wall. The precise skills required for this task was truly eye-opening. We learned how to apply,cut,feather, and smooth using the acronym apple cider for sale. Although initially I struggled with the process, I became an expert at the end of the day.Doing all that work made time go my so fast that I forgot that it was lunch […]

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November 21st, 2017

Day 4: Jake’s Take

As a student leader on this trip, I take pride in seeing how great everyone in our group is bonding with one another. Today was a little rough for me, I only had time for one cup of coffee this morning (compared to my usual four cups). Our work day consisted of mudding, sanding, and patching walls in Robert’s house. During our lunch break, we drove out to Lake Pontchartrain and all shared in Donut’s fried chicken. After the work day was over, we met with Bucknell alum Brianna Cunningham and shared in a traditional Cajun dinner. It was amazing! […]

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November 21st, 2017

Day 4: Esmely’s Take

Today we woke up to our first regular day. In the morning we had amazing pancakes that Walt made for us. We then went to our worksite to continue working on the home. We began with a stretch and confession icebreaker and we got to know each other very well. Mike is quite the story teller, he should quit his job at the CAP center and sell his stories to Comedy Central. Afterwards we went to Lake Pontchartrain and got to take in all the beauty of the Louisiana water. It’s very apparent the reconstructive and beautification efforts that went […]

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November 21st, 2017

Day 3: Ziwei’s Take

It’s so exciting to start the first day of work and believe it or not, so many things happened today that was, according to a Chinese saying, 意料之外,情理之中 (unexpected but not surprising). #1 On the downhill side of the bridge, we witnessed a car accident right in front of us. The car in the front stopped as the red light slowed the traffic, but the car in the back didn’t stop in time and hit the front car hard. Some of us were criticizing the design of the traffic light right after the downhill side of a bridge. Later in […]

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November 20th, 2017

Day 3: Dalton’s Take

Our day got off to an early, yet great start with some delicious croissants courtesy of Walt at Camp Hope. Today was our first day of volunteering with Saint Bernard Project (SBP)! We started off with a brief introduction to the history and goals of SBP, which include disaster-preparedness advocacy in addition to rebuilding efforts. Then we finally made it to our build site! We dove right into hanging drywall and sanding in preparation for painting. Later we applied mud to some areas of drywall. At one point, one of the owners of the home stopped by to say hello. […]

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November 20th, 2017

Day 2: Leslie’s Take (A Bit Late!)

Our day began with a visit to the St. Louis cemetery where we witnessed many things from Marie Laveau and Homer Plessy’s tomb. I found this cemetery super interesting because it ranged from a majority of historical figures to celebrities like Nicolas Cage who poorly invested in a tomb there. From there we broke off into exploring the rest of New Orleans in the French Quarter. I enjoyed my first ever po-boy at The Grill NOLA at then headed to Cafe du Monde and tried my first ever beignet. The evening was perhaps my favorite part of the day. We […]

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