In Belize, a group of volunteers from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are on a mission trip to build a home for a family in need. Since Oct. 9, they have been working to construct a new home, but their impact doesn’t stop there. Among their members are two bright young students from Bardstown High School, junior Michelle Hundley and sophomore Hollis Hurst, who decided to go the extra mile by bringing some extra joy and playfulness to children of St. Michael School in Las Flores, Belize.
When the team visited the school, they were given an opportunity to repair and paint a playground set that had seen better days. The group knew that they couldn’t let this chance to brighten the lives of the local children pass.
Hollis and Michelle, two compassionate young women and members of the volunteer team, took charge of the playground project. They brought their creative spirits and a dash of youthful exuberance to the job. Together, they designed a captivating new look for the playset, infusing it with vibrant colors that mirrored the energy of the children it would soon entertain.
This early sunny Sunday morning, the team assembled at St. Michael School. With each brushstroke, the playset came to life. As the morning sun made way for the late afternoon, the once-tired playset was transformed into a symbol of joy, fun, and, most importantly, safety. The children of Las Flores could once again swing, slide, and laugh to their hearts’ content.
While the home construction project continues to make progress, the Sunday building project added to the whole experience. Michelle and Hollis, who were once preschoolers themselves at Montessori in Nazareth, Kentucky, have come full circle. They’ve honored the values instilled in them by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and given back to a community in need, bringing smiles and laughter to the faces of the young souls they touched.