This is the fourth week we have organized the neighbor kids to do volunteer work to earn a picnic, s’mores, and kickball in the park. I believe kids benefit when they earn rewards — work builds character, helps develop self-esteem and keeps them from developing an attitude of entitlement.
Yesterday we took a group of kids for the second time to a piece of land that is used as a homeless encampment. It was full of trash. Two weeks ago we picked up 20 bags of garbage. Yesterday we finished the job by picking up twelve more bags. Then we came home to a barbecue and s’mores compliments of Mr. Lieder and the CityLife crew. After a fine dinner we headed to the park to kickball and basketball.