One of my favorite memories from City and Country is building the Parthenon in the XIIsS. After a year full of studying ancient Greece, it was satisfying to apply our learning. Prior to the actual building, we watched a documentary about the rebuilding of the Parthenon in real life and also did a lot of research in books. Each person was assigned a specific role. Some people volunteered to work on the math required to build the model Parthenon, meaning the dimensions, scaling, and the proportions. Others worked on gluing the styrofoam, cardstock, and wood pieces to the main wood base. I worked on constructing the Doric and Ionic columns and gluing them all around the base with my friend, William. Once they were all glued on, we attached a roof.
During the gluing, I remember that there were a lot of hot glue burns. Everyday there was another victim. Since William and I did our job together (I would glue the columns while he would hold them in place and vice versa), we had the most finger burns. This meant that our job required the trust of one another, because at any moment the person controlling the glue gun could jolt and connect with a hand. However, to complete the Parthenon, we had to push through.
I remember the building of the Parthenon was always a jolly time. Though it was a tedious process, I enjoyed it a lot. The total building time took about a month, and any free time in the schedule was dedicated to building, which meant sometimes even cancelling Specials. This meant sacrificing Yard time. However, my friends and I worked around that. Anytime the Yard was open and we were in need of a break, we would ask Sarah if we could go down and play and she would usually say yes. Then we would play a heated 2v2 basketball game (unless the whole group felt like coming down) until another group came to Yard, ending our fun. However, instead of having to go back to the classroom to sit down and focus for 45 minutes to an hour, we would get right back to work on the Parthenon. At some points it was a little bit boring to do the same repeated process: cut, tape, glue, repeat. However, seeing our model progress each day was all worth it. Slowly, our Parthenon model began to look like the temple from ancient Greece.
One of my favorite parts about this project was that everyone was involved and everyone contributed. Everyone had their own part to help create the model. With everyone working productively day in and day out, after a month we finally pieced together our Parthenon. It turned out way better than we expected, and everyone was proud that we finished it on time as well. I remember Sarah deeming it one of the best she had seen.
This is a memory I remember because it was something fun, but also unique. Before this project, I felt that I had not had an experience that was the same. Yes, I worked on group projects with other people, but this was a whole group project that required everyone’s assistance. I am proud of this creation and it was a great way to reflect our learning from the XIIs in a creative way.