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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: Monday, May 12, 2014

Timothy Nurnberger

It’s Monday evening, and our first day of camp is over and the community center has calmed down! We had a great camp day, we made flubber and slime, played games, made puzzles and colored pictures but the best part was getting to talk to the kids. It’s great to see how much they’ve grown and changed this past year.

The weather has been crazy…WINDY, rainy and cold but the sun has finally broken through and we’re hoping it continues to improve. We’ve gotten a lot of work done and hopefully we can start to work outside tomorrow.

I know this week will fly by and I just want to soak it all in and make the most of every second we have here.

Dinner is ready so…talk to you all soon:)

- Jennifer Dupont

We’ve been in La Plant since Saturday evening. The wind has been so strong and steady. And the temperatures cold.  This has changed are projects somewhat. After a good trip here, and settling in to a good night’s sleep, Zach gave us the story of this place.  How it came to be and what Simply Smiles has done so far. And how we are part of the story for this week. Sunday evening ended with a town wide desert buffet and a chance to meet or get reacquainted with the Lakota people who live here. We cherished the time and conversation with all deep into the evening.

Monday, the projects began in ernest. Organizing the sheds, repainting the sign for out front, painting the Book Club corner,  organizing shirts donated by the Naugatuck Savings Bank, building the new composting bin.  Our first after-school camp happens. Games, puzzles, sports, and today’s craft of making flubber are a hit with the kids. We look forward to more camp experiences every day.

We finally see the sun today. The wind is beginning to slow down. The rain has stopped. It’s beginning to warn up. A brilliant Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation sunset colors the sky. Peeper-like sounds (with a few clicking sounds) emanate from the water nearby all throughout the night. The ground is drying out. The work goes on.

- Dave Shaw

Melissa making flubber with Ale-cat

Melissa making flubber with Ale-cat