Today was WT’s Work-a-Thon day. Basically, Work-a-Thon is a campus clean-up/money-raising day. Different organizations get groups together and pretty much work their butts off for a couple hours.

Some people paint. Others might pick up trash.

Me? I worked on the bonfire.

Let me explain a little about bonfire building. Years ago, there were these people over in Northern Africa… in Gaza to be exact. They lived in Egypt and therefore called themselves Egyptians.

Now these Egyptians liked to build things. Like the Pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure. They built pyramids. Or more like they enslaved peopled and had them build the pyramids.

Bonfire building is kind of like that. You go out in the heat, get really sweaty and dirty, and cut yourself up a bit.. Everybody gets in a line and passes wooden palettes down the line to build up the bonfire kind of like playing with Legos.

It takes hours and hours to do this. Days, even.

And then we burn it all away.

“Why in the world would you waste your time doing that if it’s so miserable!?” you might ask.

Well, I really don’t know. I can tell you this, though: there’s something about building the bonfire that will really help build relationships with people on campus you might never have met. The idea of working on something that everyone here on campus can take part in really helps to build that campus community that’s really important no matter where you go to school at.

So is it hard working on the bonfire? Yeah, I won’t lie and say it isn’t. But it’s also so very much worth it when you get to stand there on Friday night and watch as it ignites into a pyre that could be seen for miles around.

Do I have school spirit? I think getting cut up and bleeding for my school probably means yes. 😉

-Jere 🙂

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