tabling at Buffalo Grove HS September 17, 2018


Welcome back! First visit of the school year.

I'm at BGHS today. On a whim I put out an old sign up sheet, and a couple girls have signed up. It's actually the peace group sheet. Maybe if I follow up with an email, they'll respond?

No table was in place for me when I arrived.  A pleasant security guy arranged for a table and chair.  We agreed that we're here, and most teachers are here out of love for young people, liking them and also being committed  their well being.

Well-mannered young people are taking candy. A few are taking literature, mostly zines.  The candy has been sitting in my hot car for a week, so I tried a random sample. It's fine.

Most students ignore my table.  Others grab candy and move on. Some stop and ask what this is about.  Their responses are invariably positive.  I don't think this school is fertile recruiting ground for the military.  Or maybe it is, and future recruits are avoiding any table.

A girl came by and said she wants to go into the biomedical sciences.  She also said she's in JROTC, and the military is a very real possibility for her future, but she's open to other perspectives. She took a copy of the old "What Every Girl Should Know . . ." brochure. I told her I was glad she had taken it, and it was probably the most important thing she would read today.  Note that I didn't hand it to her as I often do with girls who say they're going to enlist.  She chose it of her own volition.

I probably have some of the newer "What Every Girl Should Know . . . " brochures in my boxes.  I'll have to find them.  I don't think BGHS demographics would find them appealing. But girls at EGHS might.  Girls at RMHS might also.

I have our flier about Parkland students sitting front and center of our table. No notice by students. :-(

A tenth grader named Sophia stopped by and signed up that she's interested in starting a peace club. She's living up to her name, which means "wisdom." :-) Sophia hopes to attend NIU after high school and major in sociology or something related.  Sophia didn't linger long enough to discuss Parkland students.

Girls usually seem to travel in two's or three's, with one dominant girl.  The group of girls I mentioned earlier were a trio whose leader came to our table.  I've seen several pairs or trios where a submissive girl gazed with interest at the table, but kept following the leader.  Of course, I'm not allowed (by schools) to flag them down, even if one girl looks like she wants to be flagged down.

I have excellent literature on the table. Hardly anyone takes it.  Some do, though. Today's most popular literature has been old zines.

A number of students have taken peace patches. The ones with peace signs continue to be the most popular patches. Starburst candies are the most popular items on the table.

Lunch is finished. I'll head home now.


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