The painting is going very well. We are way ahead of schedule. The days have been overcast with a breeze so we haven’t been experiencing the brutal Belize heat and humidity. The entire infant classroom building at the school is 80% completed. The only part we have left to do is to put a final coat of paint on the back of the building. The rest of the building is done. One thing I think the students have learned is they prefer to paint with water-based paint over oil-based paint. The white paint is all water-base paint, but the green trim and brown door paint is all oil-based paint. Needless to say it took a lot of gasoline to get the paint off of our bodies on Sunday.
Monday was an exciting day for everyone. It was our first day painting at the school with the students present. The students were so excited that we were there. During each recess the students would flock to our work area and want to do nothing but watch us work and play games. Their energy and excitement is like none other. Along with painting the school, the Armstrong students are going into eight of the classrooms at the school in the afternoon and are reading to the students and leading the students in games and activities. This is an opportunity for us to not only be the people outside painting the school, but to also go into the classrooms and be part of their classroom experience. This is a rewarding experience for not only the students of the school, but also the Armstrong students.