tabling at RMHS October 6, 2015

Rolling Meadows High School was lively today. Many students have stopped by the table. The new peace buttons are a hit! I have chatted with some sharp folks.

One of the bright young women said she is thinking of various options, including becoming a military nurse so she can help people who are hurting. Somebody must be advising bright young women to become military nurses, even though these students are anti-war. I encountered this last year as well.

A group of 9th grade girls came by. One said she was going to join the military. She refused to accept the brochure "What Every Girl Should Know Before Joining the US Military". Each of the girls gladly accepted a starburst, though.


tabling at Hersey HS May 14, 2015

At Hersey High School today. Very busy handing out out note to parents about opting out when they register their student in the fall so their contact information isn't forwarded to the military. (We'll see how  many actually make it into the parents' hands.)  Handed out about 60 and could have used more but ran out during the last lunch period. Luckily I was sharing a table with someone signing up the juniors for yearbook pictures so I had plenty of traffic.


tabling at WHS May 12, 2015

Wheeling High School fairly quiet today with the school year winding down. A friendly member of the maintenance staff stopped by. He was a Navy vet long ago. (I suspect Vietnam era). He enjoyed a couple of Jolly Rancher candies. A security person checked out our literature with interest and seemed to approve. A couple of students were interested in our literature. Some students took notes about opting out to give to their parents. We're trying to remind parents about opting out of the No Child Left Behind law when they register their student this fall so their name isn't forwarded to the military recruiters.

I saw a girl wearing a USNA jacket; she did not stop by. While I was packing up to go at the end, a staff member complimented my peace sign table cloth.


tabling at Prospect High School April 7, 2015

We have been trying to get responses from the students to the following question "What has the U.S. war in Afghanistan (October 7, 2001 to December 28, 2014) accomplished?" I wasn't having any luck so I made a sign that says "Answer the question; pick a lollipop". That seems to be working. Today I had so many students answer the question that I ran out of questions. Most of the answers are pretty basic and echo our sentiments completely e.g. "nothing", "I have no clue". The point is to try to jolt them into thinking about our country's role in the conflict there and what it means in terms of blood and treasure. But of course, appealing to teens' love of sweets almost always works.

There was a very interesting article in the student newspaper about racism with a particular focus on District 214 and Prospect High School in particular - noting the lack of diversity and what effects that has. I will make copies to share. I have not been able to find it online.




tabling at WHS March 10, 2015

After my dreadfully boring day at Buffalo Grove yesterday (not one student stopped by my table) I decided maybe I needed better signage. So I made a colorful sign that said "Answer the question; pick a lollipop". Whether it was the new sign or just a different group of students, it seemed to work. Talked to a lot of students and actually ran out of questions.

But first I had to resolve the conflict with a group that was selling lollipops for Operation Snowball. Operation Snowball, which I found out, is an international alcohol, tobacco and other drug-use prevention program focusing on leadership development. I moved my stuff to the opposite end of the hall so we didn't compete.

There was also a table selling tickets to the turn around dance. When they showed up, all the attention shifted to their table.

The students were having a really hard time with the question. [What has the U.S. war in Afghanistan (October 7, 2001 to December
28, 2014) accomplished?] You could tell they were straining to get the "right" answer; thinking that there must be some reason we went there and spent so much money and lost so many lives. One young woman was clearly puzzling on the answer "We built schools, right?" "Something about oil, right?" But mostly I received a lot of "I don't know". Which is certainly a legitimate answer.


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