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Day Four - Student-Athletes Building Homes

Laying the Floor down at the Buchanan house

Laying the Floor down at the Buchanan house

Jan. 13, 2012

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NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana - Boston College student-athletes from several teams have embarked on an annual Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) trip to New Orleans in order to help build homes in the areas most affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Each day of their journey, one student-athlete will be posting a blog about that day's adventures. Continue reading below for Day Four's entry and keeping checking back this week for a new posting each day.


Today marked our fourth day in New Orleans and third as freshly minted general contractors! Members of Tulane's Student-Athletes Advisory Committee (SAAC) joined us at each worksite today along with two members of the athletic department. At the house on Buchanan, we nearly completed laying all of the flooring in the house but came up just short when we ran out of supplies. Undiscouraged, the group picked up painting baseboards and patching some of the drywall. Bree Tanke, a softball player, found a love of drywall, and is quite adept at cutting out sockets and plumbing! The house on Desaix is raised up on 20 foot stilts and belongs to a Buddhist Lama who has been displaced and separated from his family since Hurricane Katrina. After three days of hanging drywall, mudding and sanding, the house is prepped to begin painting and the family is expected to move in a week ahead of schedule in early February.

After work today, the entire group, along with some of the Tulane SAAC, headed to the beautiful Tulane campus to play a serious game of football while a few student-athletes got in a workout. We returned to the mission for a delicious jambalaya dinner cooked by James and Jean, our amazing chefs.

With nothing planned for the evening, most of the group headed to the movie theater to catch "The Sitter."

We are off to bed for our last day of work tomorrow. The group is very excited about the Welcome Home Party we are attending after work to visit with a family who is just moving back into their home. The four returning members of the group fondly remember the Welcome Home Party they attended last year and described it as one of the best parts of last year's trip.

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