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Livin’ L.A. Vida Loca – California Community Service

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We have had an amazing past few days here in Los Angeles. We spent the rest of the weekend checking out what the city has to offer including the Museum of Tolerance, the Farmer’s Market and the Grove, and Santa Monica Pier and the 3rd Street Promenade. The morning began with a guided tour of the Museum of Tolerance where the trip members took the time to discuss historical and contemporary issues such as bullying, racism and discrimination. The trip members had time to explore the museum on their own following the tour and the meaningful conversations continued with Adam, Blayne, Tsippy, Amanda, Alana and Savannah sitting in the museum for half an hour discussing their thoughts and experiences with these issues. After a thought provoking morning we lightened the mood with a trip to the Farmer’s Market for lunch and then to check out the Grove where Louis spotted an NFL player. Afterwards we all headed to the Santa Monica Pier and before we split into groups, we all rode the iconic Ferris wheel. The trip members then headed off to check out the rest of the games, rides and shops. Zach really wanted to go to Soda Jerks, but unfortunately a bouncer prevented us all from going due to it being rented out for a private birthday party for a two-year old. We made our way to 3rd Street Promenade for some dinner and free time. The trip members enjoyed seeing the buskers as they walked along 3rd Street. Alana, Abi, Adam and Savannah decided to use their time to sit down for a nice dinner together. After a full day out we were ready to head back to the dorms for a good night’s sleep.

The next morning we enjoyed a sleep-in and a relaxing day on campus. We all gathered in the morning for a volleyball rematch which Louis, Adam, Katie, Abigail, Savannah and Lizzie’s team won…again! We followed the game up with a refreshing swim in the pool. We held a friendly competition in the water and Zach was the winner. The competitions continued with an underwater swim and Alana, Katie and Abigail all won by swimming the entire length of the pool underwater. Katie then got the group together to play a game of Initials before we dried off and headed back to the dorms. We reconvened for lunch at the Ackerman Student Union and then some played basketball, some went to the gym and the others got some much needed laundry done. We then headed down to Westwood Village for dinner. Alana, Adam, Abigail and Savannah had such a good time at dinner together the other night they decided to have dinner together again. We got back to the dorms and needed some rest so we could be prepared to get back to community service bright and early the next morning.

We began our final stop of community service at the Boys and Girls Club of Harbor City. The trip members had the freedom to spend time with all the kids as well as run their own programs. Many of the trip members played soccer and dodgeball while others enjoyed participating in Just Dance on Wii. After a successful first day we headed back down to Westwood Village for a treat from Diddy Riese! The next morning we were ready to get back to the Boys and Girls Club and came prepared for water day. Lizzie started off the water activities by grabbing the hose and soaking the kids. From that point on the water games began with a water fight and a water balloon toss. The water activities turned into a dance party with Amanda, Blayne, Tsippy, Lizzie, Lily and Savannah dancing with the kids to Cha-Cha Slide and the Cupid Shuffle. The afternoon consisted of drying off by enjoying some arts and crafts, sports in the gym, Head Bandz, hangman, Just Dance and more. We finished the day with another volleyball rematch (with the same team winning which brings their record to 6 and 0) and a cool down in the pool. This time Alana led us in a game of Toothpaste. We spent the final evening in the dorms playing a game of You Can’t Make Me Laugh. We cannot believe we are heading in to our final days and will be in touch one more time to update you on the fun activities ahead.

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