Thursday, August 02, 2007

Speaking of Volunteer Labor

Major appreciation and a huge standing ovation should go out to my son Cory and his friend from band, Amber. Both of them stayed after band yesterday and helped get the calendars ready for mailing. We could not have done it without them! Still, we didn't get out of there until 9pm. Where are all the other volunteers? It would have gone so much faster if we'd only had a few more people helping.

Cory and Amber get to count their volunteer hours toward their community service. I think it would be good to actually require community service for graduation, but they don't. Instead, if the students accumulate a certain number of hours over their high school career, they get special recognition at graduation. It also looks good on a college application. Beth didn't want to help because she's 'not going to college' - and because she doesn't have to do it to graduate. Besides, she did have to work from 4-9, so she could only have helped for an hour. Still, an hour is better than nothing. We did make her work at her job and ordered pizza from the place she works. So Cory and Amber got pizza and soda out of the whole thing, too.

She did end up having her chance today because we found out that about 800 calendars, that should have been tabbed last night by another volunteer, were not done. So guess what? We got to do those, too. Beth helped for about an hour, and then she had to get ready to go to work.

The discussion last night: were they slave labor or were they volunteers?


  1. I say volunteers. The work benefited their organization.

    Michele sent me.

  2. I have to say that there is something rather strange about the concept they have in some schools of requiring volunteer service from students. Sort of as though the people who wrote the regulations don't quite understand the language....

  3. We determined that the teens were volunteers. Mary and I are the slave labor. We did all the work to get the calendar to the printer. Someone else should have gotten them ready for mailing.

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