A sweltering summer day in the plains of South Dakota, a far cry from the scenery of South Windsor, CT. A mix of high school students and adults have worked diligently to contribute towards the efforts and philosophy of Simply Smiles. Shocked by the immense difference between the lifestyles of inhabitants and volunteers, our group worked intently on improving the outlook of all of those involved in the Simply Smiles experience. Our day today was one of the hardest and dirtiest that we have ever experienced, but the Simple Smiles ideals have kept us persevering for the sake of those whom we can effect. By interacting with energetic children, we have been able to realize that the children here are no different than the children back home. They are shy when you first meet them and eventually warm up to you with a game of Ball-tag or signing your name in their notebook. In just a few hours, friendly relationships have been formed and we look forward to spending more time with the kids.Though our week has just begun, we have already been able to acknowledge the impact that we have had on the community and imagine the improvements that can only further help. This trip thus far has proven to be one of the most rewarding experiences and will continue to be throughout and after our time here at Simple Smiles.