The team started with pulling the second mainline over to the other side of the river.
While the team were continuing to work on the bridge, Huriel drove Claudio and Don to the Seguidules school to talk to the kids.
There were about 30 students there, as it was the last day before vacation. In this school, grades 1, 2, and 3 study in one classroom and grades 4, 5, and 6 are in another.
First, Claudio showed photos of the bridge construction in progress and explained how it works, then Huriel quizzed the students on bridge terminology.
Don then set up a paper tower competition for the students. They had 15 minutes to build the tallest freestanding tower they could with 10 sheets of paper and a roll of tape.
Here is Claudio measuring the winning tower, reaching a staggering 152 cm!
After the competition, the students were asked to paint the banner. They decorated it with images of scenery and suspension bridges. It’s beautiful.
The school offered us lunch – hot creamed corn, cookies, and then arroz con pollo (rice with chicken). So much food!
Afterwards, Claudio and Don took some time to talk with the teachers about life in Panama versus life in America, Chile (where Claudio is from), and Vietnam (where Don is from). This is one of the teachers, Aquilino Santa Maria.
There are two schools in the region which serve different age groups, one on each side of the Seguidules river. With limited access to transportation, walking sometimes is the only option to get to school. Aquilino said that “when the heavy rains hit, it’s dangerous to cross the river. So this project will make it much safer in the area.”
After a hike back to site, Claudio and Don rejoined the team. The suspender assemblies were being placed onto the mainline and restraint cables.
The middle assemblies are attached and pushed down towards the middle.
On the other side of the river, the other half of the team began pushing out their assemblies as well.
All the suspenders were hung up. The restraint cables haven’t been tightened yet, so currently the bridge looks a little wobbly.
Don’t worry! The team isn’t done yet!
Time to call it a day.
On a side note, Devin and Maria of B2P each have adopted dogs from the same litter: Tabitha and Silvia.