tabling at Buffalo Grove High School November 14, 2016

Still working off the theme of Armistice Day/Veterans Day. A number of students read the information with interest. And, of course, many are interested in candy and buttons.

One of the security guards let me know that he's been keeping an eye on the Army for me. He is actually a substitute guard but has been filling in a lot lately because someone is on medical leave. In the past he's read over much of our literature and seems to approve.


tabling at Rolling Meadows High School

It's a quiet day at Elk Grove High School. For the entire first lunch period, nobody visited our table. The adjacent table was doing a bake sale to raise funds for the Magnolia Tree. (The Magnolia Tree is a foundation that provides support for folks with breast cancer. These kids had a teacher who died of breast cancer--the really vicious kind that appears with little warning and kills you fast. These kids are selling homemade goodies to raise funds in her memory.)

 The second lunch has been different. A group of boys came by and gathered here for a few minutes, asked questions, listened to my spiel.

 Later a group of girls, one of whom wore a hijab, came along and were interested. A couple of them expressed dismay at the presence of military recruiters in schools. One was sad recruiters and militarists have free rein, but peaceful religion may not be discussed. That's an overstatement, but it's her perception.

 A special needs girl came along and was disappointed I only had one peace button left. She took it.  The last couple months she has taken a fistful from each visit, even though I have asked her not to.


tabling at Rolling Meadows High School November 1, 2016

I've seen very little interest from RMHS today.  While I was setting up, a boy came over and requested 2 Starburst candies. I said okay, but only if he didn't tell anybody I had given him two. ;-) Only a few students have stopped by the table. One boy, then a couple girls, came by and glanced at our Armistice Day flyer. I think the girls just wanted Starbursts. J came by. He went trick-or-treating with cousins yesterday, and wore a Batman costume. He's still working on zine articles. Frank Burns came by to see if we had any new literature. I didn't manage to intrigue him with Armistice Day information. A 9th grade boy stopped by with his 9th grade cousin. He's in JROTC. He plans to go to college, then serve a hitch in the military, then go to med school. He plans to study auto mechanics in high school and build an engine for his car. Once he's out of school he plans to be a surgeon with a couple of unrelated specialties. Other students came by for candy.

 A student left a school-provided tablet on the peace table.  I think maybe it was our future surgeon, but I'm not sure, and I don't know his name.  Anyway, before I left for the day, I took the tablet and turned it over to Bonnie in the main office.  She said she would turn it over to the resource policeman, who would figure out whose it was.


tabling at Wheeling HS October 11, 2016

Our first visitor was a young woman from a military family who plans to enlist and already knows that she wants to train as a dog handler. She has a lot of experience already handling dogs. She says that when asked, her father (career military) gives very honest and frank answers to questions about what serving is like and what war is like. He doesn't try to sugar coat anything. He is actually a dog handler in the military and is now training others. In fact they will be moving again soon to another base where he will continue training.

We had a number of students stop briefly and ask who we were and why we were there. Several took business cards and zines. And, of course, candy.

At the end of the lunch period an army recruiter stopped. Our sign about extending Selective Service to women caught his eye and he stopped to chat.
(We are not exactly clear why he was in the building. Wheeling is one of the schools he visits but we neglected to ask.) He seemed a bit surprised that
the overwhelming majority of students we surveyed thought women should be required to register for Selective Service. He seemed a bit skeptical about
whether opening combat to women was such a good thing. He acknowledged he had a different attitude than most in the military; he was more open minded
and not so rigid. He agreed that Afghanistan was a disaster and the fact that we were likely to be there forever just pointed out, to him, that
someone was profiting from the situation. We exchanged business cards. Be interesting to see if he "friends" us on Facebook.

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Libby & Pat                                                               

tabling at Prospect HS October 4, 2016

Sort of slow. But it is homecoming week so . . . it's a zoo. Today was dress up day. Seniors wore togas; juniors 80's; sophomores Hawaiian; freshmen sports. And I was sitting next to a table of young men selling pastries for their club. (Not exactly sure how many of the pastries actually got sold.)

Had a long talk with a young man who is of Greek heritage and had heard his father talk about having to serve in the Hellenic Army. He saw the information about women registering for Selective Service and was intrigued.

With most students I talked about about the fact that October 7 marks the 15th anniversary of our invasion of Afghanistan. War is all these students have known. Although they are for the most part removed from it and shielded from news by media that completely ignores most everything except the latest gossip about some movie star, it's still a sobering thought.

Also talked to a young woman who is trying to get a peace club started at school. She is involved with "Children of Abraham" which is an interfaith peace group. I told her to keep us posted.

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