9:00 - Everyone was prepared to welcome all of the energetic children. As the kids were arriving, a small termite nest began a serious hatching event and a subsequent grant migration through the education hallway. We had to quickly sweep them up before they "ravaged" the children; we ended up teaching our stations straight through until 12:30 without any breaks. Here are the different stations we had!
2:30 - The squad hopped in the car to drive to the south point of the island. Since Topsail Island is a barrier island, sand naturally erodes from the north point and deposits on the south point, so the island moves south. We took a nice stroll in the wind around the south point, while making sure to stop many times for mini photoshoots along the way at dunes, tall grass, and the shore.
7:00 - For the last time today, we got in the car to go to yet another pretty place that is perfect for photoshoots. Nearby there is a pier that stretches far out across the marsh, and the sunset is absolutely breathtaking! Many of us had Donald take high-quality pictures of us, hoping to use them as new profile pictures on Facebook, and we took a group photo spelling "THT" with our bodies on the pier for more Terps Helping Turtles memories!
8:00 - As always, we sat around for reflection in the living room, first talking about our experiences with the kids and then moving on to our favorite quotes relating to service. We discussed the importance of educating the children in the area about the threatened sea turtles and how learning about how they can make a difference in the environment has the potential to cause great change in the future. While we shared our favorite quotes, Nicole saved audio clips of each of the quotes to add to our digital story at the end of our trip (which is a lot sooner than we'd like!) The conversation got deep, people may or may not have cried, and we ended with a warm group hug.
Quote of the day: "I had a grat tim!"
That's all for today folks! Tune in next time for an exciting blog post! Peace out- Nicku & Nick