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How to Fit Community Service Into Your Life

Why don’t more students participate in the different forms of community service offered by the school? Many different types of community service are offered by W.A.T.C.H. at a variety of different times in order to make participating more accessible for students—so why aren’t more people taking advantage of this? Is it because they don’t feel the need to help the community, or because they are unaware that there is help needed within our community? Is it because they have too many other things going on outside of school? Is it because kids just want more free time? It seems as if the main issue is a terrible, daunting task: homework.

Students have a lot to do after school. Yes, the community service opportunities are offered at a range of times in order to make them available to more people, however, homework exists. Whether a student plays a sport, is in the play, or does something outside of school, homework poses a major obstacle; it is both extremely time consuming and extremely important. To put it simply, homework takes a lot of time to complete. If we were to be given less homework, would more people go to community service after school? Probably.

But sadly, as students, we have homework. So how can students still make time to go to community service? Plan ahead. If you realize you won’t have a lot of homework on Thursday night, go to music therapy or art with friends. If you know you won’t have much time throughout the week, go to sandwich making Wednesdays, which takes ten minutes. It’s not hard to find ways to participate— you just have to try! When you think about it, homework is nowhere near as important as helping the community. I’m not suggesting that you participate in community service instead of doing your homework (I’m really not suggesting that, that’s not a good idea), however, I am suggesting that you try to find a way to fit in community service, even if it’s just once a month.

It has also come to my attention that some people simply do not know exactly what community service is offered, and exactly what each option entails. Some students probably don’t even realize that there is a need for help within our community. Here is a list of the community service options that FA offers, a brief description, and the time during which each takes place:

• The Boys and Girls Club: help tutor young students with their homework
o When: 3:25-5pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
o Where: meet in the library, then bus to Glen Cove Boys and Girls Cub
• Music Therapy: play music with intellectually challenged men from the AHRC
o When: 3:30-4:45 Thursday
o Where: lower Dolan Center
• Sports Night: play sports with kids from SCO
o When: 6-7pm Thursday
o Where: Field House
• Art With Friends: make fun art projects with kids from SCO
o When: 4:00-4:45 Thursday
o Where: Art Studio
• Sandwich Making: help make sandwiches to send
o When: 3:10-3:15 Wednesday
o Where: Commons

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