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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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Silver Lake on the Reservation: August 2014

Timothy Nurnberger

Today, Tuesday August 19th, was another great day in La Plant. After our usual walk-on at the local track, the volunteers and staff enjoyed a delicious breakfast of fruit and waffles and then got right down to work. Projects today included work on our whimsical garden path, priming the garden shed, placing posts in the new horseshoe pit, and painting lines on the new basketball court. It was a hot day but everyone’s work ethics prevailed and we got a lot done!

Then, the kids’ summer camp was held in the community center. There were many fun activities to try, including a dunking contest and the longest kickball game that I have ever participated in.

Tuesday night is bingo night in La Plant! Although the power in the community center was out, a big crowd turned out to get together and win prizes. The town also celebrated Zach’s birthday with a special song by Kristen Graves and thanked him for all his hard work as a staff member of Simply Smiles.

A fun time was had by all this evening in La Plant as we looked back on all that was accomplished today. Watching the many partially-finished projects we arrived to become finished products was extremely rewarding for the volunteer group.

With best wishes from the plains of South Dakota,

Hannah Makuch

Note: This entry is being posted a day late due to a loss of power at the community center last night, but the power is now back on!