Hey Readers! Here’s a feel-good story: Students from grade school on up are filling sandbags at a fantastic clip in order to save the town of Fargo, N.D., from flooding. According to A.P. writer James MacPherson:
Thousands of volunteers are lending a hand this week to fill and stack sandbags to place along the river and near endangered homes as Fargo faces the threat of a severe flood after the river’s expected crest Sunday. But the heart of that volunteer corps are the city’s youngest citizens.
It’s a job that elsewhere might be reserved for emergency workers or at least, their parents. But here, students can be excused from class with their parents’ permission and join the hundreds of adults, local workers and others who are taking on the task of filling 1 million sandbags to hold back the impending floodwaters.
“They pretty much have saved our community,” said David Stark, 62, who worked beside hundreds of student volunteers Tuesday. One of the few seniors to join the effort, he had to take a break after hurting his hand and was in awe of the students’ dedication.
Now, I know that many parents are out there thinking (as am I), “Of COURSE they’re volunteering! They get to skip school! My kids would volunteer to sponge-bathe scorpions if it meant a day off school.” But what’s cool is that once those kids are actively doing something big and meaningful, they even stop TEXTING. Yes, Mr. MacPherson interviewed at least one gal who said that normally she’s on her cell all the time but, “Texting would be hard to do [while] sandbagging.” (And besides, she added: all her friends were right there anyway.)
Moral of story? Mix kids back into the real world of community/responsibility/adulthood and they rise to the occasion. And, just possibly, your phone bills recede. — Lenore