We went to Moundsville, West Virginia, the day after my birthday. My husband helped other parents to disassemble the palyset that St. Francis Xavier Parish gave to St. Joseph School.
We have driven through Moundsville before when we went downstate but we never really saw what's out there. We did not go there till my husband got off from work so it was late in the afternoon. I feel bad because usually he is already super tired after work since we wake up at 4:30 everyday but we went because the school needed some volunteers.
Moundsville is a city in Marshall County, West Virginia, along the Ohio River. It is part of the Wheeling, West Virginia metropolitan area.
This is the playset that was donated to our school. When we first went to St. Joseph, I asked my husband why the school does not have a playground. His theory was it could either be that the school does not want to deal with legal issue if someone got hurt or it could be the fact that itywould cost money and the school doesn't have the fund for it.
Now that the school has new administration, there are so many exciting and positive things happening. The school finally has HVAC system which was a huge thing as it is so cold during the winter and so hot during summer months. The kids and teachers can finally be comfortable during cold and hot season. With that said, tuition also increases but it's necessary.
I think the school need to pay the teacher more so that they're not leaving for better opportunities elsewhere. Private school teachers doesn't get paid very much and they don't have benefits that public school teachers has. For that reason, they do leave when they find a better position in public school.
Anyway, while the men were disassembling the playset, the lady that was managing the daycare services offered us to go see the school and also offered the kids to do arts which was really nice
She even gave us bottles of water. My daughter immediately went to a defensive mode. She was apprehensive in drinking the water because she didn't know the lady. Part of me was happy that she is cautious but I told them that they should always see the good in people. With all the bad things happening everywhere, I can't blame my kids for not trusting people. I know deep inside that the lady was really nice that's why I wanted the kids to appreciate what she's done for us.
We later learned that the building near the church is the West Virginia State Penitentiary, the gothic-style prison . I would have love to take my kids for a tour there but they said it's kind of creepy. Some say that it is haunted.
The pastor's name of this parish is Reverend That Son Ngoc Nguyen, I am not sure if he is Vietnamese or Thai but he is definitely Asian which explained why I saw some Asian veggies in his garden. The lady told me that he love gardening.
It said that the city was named for this ancient Grave Creek Mound that was constructed 250 to 100 BC by indigenous people of the Adena culture.
These two interesting facts were so close to the church where were at. We stopped before going home to take some quick photos.
We also dropped by at their Dairy Queen and grabbed a quick bite since it was late and we won't have time to cook when we get home.
It was almost 10 pm when we arrived home. We were tired but we had fun. We were able to help putting the play set together but glad that it is now completed in school. All is lacking is the mulch or sand to complete the project.