tabling at Rolling Meadows HS February 7, 2017

It has been a quiet day at RMHS. Most of my visitors have been staff. A sprinkling of freshman boys has stopped by to talk. They mostly don't know "what they want to do when they grow up," but today two different fellows were interested in auto mechanics. I applaud that we always need good, honest auto technicians. Nobody here is interested in joining the military. Several staff have stopped by.

Our faithful writer, who still has not submitted his promised double article, dropped by and apologized for his tardiness. I probably should have asked him for a deadline, but didn't think of that.  This is the second month in a row I've been so bored I resorted to eating Starbursts.


Tabling at Elk Grove HS January 12, 2017

I've had quite a few visitors today at EGHS. There is no interest in the human rights question. The only person who wrote an answer was the special needs student who tries to take all the peace buttons. She only got one button today. She requested and kept the BVS pen she used to write her answer to the human rights question. Nobody else is interested in the question.

Another student was interested in writing a zine article. Several students too zines and/or candy.

Many students are milling around. It's not like Rolling Meadows where I'm in the cafeteria but I'm in an area where students lounge outside the cafeteria. They have ample time to visit my table but few choose to do so.

Students are well behaved. A security guy as well as the police officer have been visible, watching students the whole time.



tabling at Buffalo Grove HS January 9, 2017

Very slow day. However, just as I was packing up to leave two young women stopped by. They wanted to know who we were and why we were there. They were very engaged and very interested. They took handouts with them. Hopefully they will get inspired and send us something on the theme "what have you done to stand up for someone's rights".

Pictures of the materials associated with this month's theme "Stand up for someone's rights today"

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tabling at Rolling Meadows HS January 3, 2017

The security’s computer was balky today so I ended up in a line of people (mom, substitute teacher, etc) waiting to go through security. Eventually the computer kicked in.  Finally got in but no table, no staff to set up. Had to trek back to the main office and have a nice administrative assistant call a custodian to set up a table and chair for me. So I was late getting set up.

 Two boys stopped by for candy. Not interested in  the military or peace; just candy. I put out my information on human rights and women and selective service but no takers.

Our prolific zine writer stopped by during the 2nd lunch period. He said he was almost done with his new article. I asked him to finish it up and send it to me because we’re running low on zines and need to put out a new issue. It will include mention of an ecology activist whom RMHS is trying to get to come speak. The student will let me know if that happens and would like me to come interview the guy for a zine article. Would be awesome if I could do that; would be even better if the student did.

 Another student who loves our zine and wants to write for us passed quickly while waving merrily on the way to lunch.

Pretty slow day at RMHS.



tabling at Prospect High School January 3, 2017

This was the first day after the long holiday break and the students were squirrely! Someone had a bunch of poppers (those things you throw down on the ground and they make a "pop" sound) and they were setting them off all over the building. So much of the time I was observing the drama of the search for the popper culprit.

Following up on the theme of Human Rights Day which is observed December 10, we decided to ask the students to write down how they would stand up for someone's rights. The theme this year is "Stand Up For Someone's Rights Today". Our plan was to use the responses in our next zine. Unfortunately, I didn't get many takers. I also realized that it was probably a bit much to expect someone to write on that theme during a 30 second passing period. I added our email address to the slip I had prepared. We'll see. You can link to more information about Human Rights Day here

At one point a young woman passed in the hall carrying a fake rifle. In the 12+ years I've been coming to this school, that's a first.

I had a long talk with one of the staff people. Although I've seen her many times I had not talked to her. She was very upset about the election and worried that the new administration will re-institute the draft. She does not have children but has nephews that she is concerned about; so concerned, in fact, that she was considering buying property in Canada. I seriously doubt they will institute the draft. In fact they recently appointed a commission that is supposed to examine, among other things, if there is really a need to keep it.





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