One of the advantages of my career choice is being able to watch various trends rise and fall with each generation. Over the past 15 years, I’ve loved observing an increase in social action among high school and college students. In addition to the Green movement, many high schools are requiring community service as part of their students’ commitment to National Honor Society.
Recently, I had the privilege of joining Alex and three of his friends from the National Honor Society for a day of seed planting and raking in a burn area outside of Boulder, CO. Along with a whole lot of fun and laughter, we all walked away with sore muscles and a profound appreciation for the power of fire. The scale of devastation was only matched by the stories of loss from the homeowners we met. For the four young men, it’s a memory that will last a long time and one that will guide their outdoor choices (this fire was started by man) and desire to help those who have suffered loss.
Doing volunteer work with your kids no matter what age is one of the greatest adventures you can have and one that will pay off for years to come. You are experiencing great times together and planting values that will grow for generations. On this trip, we got to meet Senator Mark Udall of Colorado. He spoke with the boys about America’s history of volunteerism and how charitable action is the backbone of our Country. Enjoy the film, get involved and have a whole lot of fun!