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Simply Smiles provides bright futures for children, families, and communities. The organization partners with populations in need to create physical and emotional environments where suffering is alleviated and from which local leaders can emerge.

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Naugatuck on the Reservation 2013: Monday's Reflections

Timothy Nurnberger

Olivia’s reflections: Hi everyone! This is Olivia writing from La Plant. It’s been very busy for the past few days. We got here on Saturday night and almost went right to bed. On Sunday morning when we woke up, we ate breakfast then went on a tour of the Reservation. It was very enlightening about all the help that we can provide. The things that have been improved are remarkable. After the tour, we came back to the community center and ate lunch. Then we began the work projects. Ciara and I worked on the roof with Bryan and finished the whole thing! It was very educational. I have never had to stand on a 10 foot roof and drill screws into wood you can’t see. I got the hang of it by the end. Last but not least, we had the community dinner which was great. We made a bunch of new friends and had a lot of fun playing tag, basketball, and hide-and-go seek that eventually turned into tag because no one wanted to count. It’s turning out to be a great adventure and I hope that we can continue to make a difference. Oh, and Happy Mother's Day to all of our friends and family!


Nancy’s reflections:

GIVE ME ONE MOMENT IN TIME  is a song from the Broadway musical, Jekyll and Hyde that is somewhat reflective of our first full day in LaPlant.  It took just ‘one moment in time’ to feed a grateful community, to play with exuberant children, to work on a fantastic new outdoor pavilion, to anchor garages and greenhouses and to visit with many of our Lakota friends.  So...sleeping on the floor each night, using an outhouse and not taking a shower for a week, seems like a small price to pay for being able to give a wonderful community a reason to smile and to feel like you’ve made a difference by simply working hard and being kind - all in just ONE day!!!  I can only imagine what this hard-working group of people - together with the SIMPLY SMILES team - will accomplish in the next five days!!   Nancy