This past Saturday (March 19, 2016), Interact Club went to HollyWild Animal Park to volunteer. This was my third time going to HollyWild with the Interact Club. There were 5 of us on the team headed to HollyWild: Miss Manning, David Rivera, Luke Laugher, Sam, and I (Ross).
Being such wonderful friends with everyone that went on the volunteering trip made the whole trip even better for me! Obviously, it didn't matter what we were going to be doing, it was going to be fun all the same. When we met with the man in charge of our group that day (Jay), we were given the task to tear down one of the park's aged picnic gazebos that was still standing. The floor boards were sagging and had started to rot away. Needless to say, when you give 16+ year old young men the task to tear down something, don't be surprised when you actually see them working. Guys love destroying things! We were given hammers and a large crowbar and went to work tearing up the rotted flooring. We found a dead opossum under there and some other random "artifacts" that we joked must have some historic value.
One of the crazy moments during the "tear down" of the gazebo, happened when Luke was taking off a long board that the nails would not come out off. I (Ross) decided it was a good idea the grab the plank of wood while Luke proceeded to smash the top of the board in order for it to break, and the end of the wooden plank slammed into my chest. It did not feel good. Funny thing was, only one person (David) saw it happen! Wood slamming into chest = not something I want to experience again. I also accidentally broke a hammer pulling up nails, so pretty much it was a very weird, but entertaining day for me. I think Ms. Manning started to worry one of us boys were actually going to get hurt (she surprisingly held her own for being the only girl! She worked just as hard as the rest of us!). However, other than some scratches and a couple bloody blisters we got a lot done.
Afterwards, we got to tour the park a bit and see a lot of the wildlife. They are updating and improving a lot of their animal enclosures, so that was cool to see. We got to pet a live boa constrictor and watch some bear cubs wrestle over some orange peels. It was really cool to see all different types of exotic animals.
We had a blast at HollyWild, but the main reason we enjoyed ourselves was for the simple fact that we served someone (human and animals) who needed help in our community.