I don't exactly know when it started. I don't exactly know who the first participant was. I don't exactly know how many people have come to participate as it's grown in popularity.
I only know that Tom Sawyer Tuesday has become a defining characteristic of our campus' weekly rhythm.
Every Tuesday, students give up on their studies for a short break, roll up their jeans, and climb up the nearest tree. Every Tuesday, students create opportunities to appreciate nature and to take photos tagged #TomSawyerTuesday. Every Tuesday, students have something enjoy beyond coursework, beyond Dordt-sanctioned fun. Every Tuesday, students have something to anticipate experiencing together.
And for the last Tuesday of the school year, Tom Sawyer Tuesday's fearless spearheaders assembled their own Tom-Sawyer-inspired raft out of wood found in the local dump, took it to the Sandy Hollow (which proved the available body of water most similar to the Mississippi River), and floated about in one final act of Tom-Sawyer-inspired benevolent defiance. Just as Tom Sawyer needed to get away from Aunt Polly for a while to truly find himself, we needed to get away from finals for a few hours to truly find ourselves.
So thank you to Daniel Seaman and Ben Kuiper for compiling this mockumentary, which best captures the essence of this quirky, Dordt experience.