tabling at BGHS September 11, 2017

When I first walked into the school I was greeted by a therapy dog. His handler said he brought the dog because it was 9/11. I pointed out that most of the students weren't even born when 9/11 happened. Nice gesture but ...

Helped quite a few kids make cranes. In retrospect, should have downloaded a YouTube video for them to watch. They are much more tuned to video vs reading directions. Many had made origami things as children but had forgotten.

Many students interested in joining a peace club. Here's hoping. We will need to find a faculty sponsor. I have a couple of people in mind.

Theme for September is International Day of Peace which falls on September 21. Link here to read about it.  Libby

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tabling at RMHS September 5, 2017

New school year! This makes our 14th year tabling at the D214 high schools.

Val came and made cranes.  (Since International Day of Peace is in September we decided to use that as our theme and invited to students to make origami cranes or doves with us.) Very little student interest in peace table today. But J was here. He's a junior now. Has an article in the works. Some staff who knew Carter saw Val. One of them, Bonnie, was super supportive. She didn't get to talk with Val, but came by after Val had gone.

Bonnie spoke lovingly of trans kids she has known at RMHS, how this is just who they are, not something they choose for some reason.


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tabling at EGHS 9/7/2017

Apparently the school didn't tell the person who sets up tables, Leticia, that they had changed my day. So I was late getting started after being bounced around to finally reach the right person.

Students were enthusiastic right off the bat, and several signed up for Peace club. Peace buttons and patches were popular. Only a few folks were interested in origami cranes. 

No enthusiasm for military except for the one security guy whose son just went reserve after his time of active duty.


tabling at Wheeling HS May 23, 2017

Rather quiet day. Hard to concentrate. At the same time I was tabling at Wheeling, my daughter was giving birth to my third grandchild.

But I did sign up a couple of students interested in the peace club so I consider that a success.

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tabling at Buffalo Grove HS May 8, 2017

It was pretty slow today. I thought the powerpoint of servicemembers killed in 2016 would draw a bit more attention than it did.

I always have a number of the security guards stopping by the table and chatting. One older gentleman in particular, likes what we're doing. He works as a sub so he's not always there We talked about the slideshow of servicemembers killed in 2016. He was surprised at how many there were. I was surprised, when I was putting together the slideshow, how many are killed by non combat related incidents. At the end of the lunch periods I had a long talk with a female security guard who predicts Trump will leave office in a year or two in handcuffs. That seems unlikely. Not that he hasn't done things that are illegal.Spo

Spotted on a young man's t-shirt - "Does this proton make my mass look big?"

My contact at BGHS is the college and career assistant. District 214 reduced that position to half time this year and she and I have had several conversations about that. Our conversation plus the conversation with my contact at Wheeling HS and various students, gave me the incentive to update our list of scholarships for undocumented. The list was developed by AFSC but hasn't been updated in years. I went through it; made some corrections; and incorporated a similar list developed by Project YANO (Youth and Non Military Alternatives). I gave her a copy and told her to use it however she wanted to. It still needs review but I saw no reason to hold onto it any longer.

It was getting near the end of the lunch hours and I had not managed to get one student interested in signing up for the peace club but a young woman stopped by and said she was interested. And in a few minutes she sent over four of her friends. So I ended up getting five names. I made no promises. A lot will depend on how many students express an interest and whether we can get a teacher to sponsor. Maybe if we volunteer to co-sponsor? We shall see.


Pictures of my table today:


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