At the age of 15, working for free in a homeless shelter for an entire week was not even within my radar of things to do. Maybe that would have been different if I could have done it in place of school. In fact, I know it would have.
Katie and Alice are ninth graders at the Houston British School and they were lucky enough to skip a whole week’s worth of classroom instruction by volunteering at a place of business for one week. They don’t get counted absent or reprimanded for not being in class. Instead they are congratulated and tested on what they have learned in their real world work experiences.
The British teens tell me this a tradition most schools in England adhere to! Somehow, Take Your Child to Work Day is beginning to look like a rip off!
Anyhow, I digress. These young ladies could have spent the week at the Houston Zoo, a law firm, the Mayor’s Office, or anywhere else…more uhm fun, but they didn’t. They chose to work with the dozens of local homeless women and children who have been displaced in the fourth largest city in the United States, and who live at The Salvation Army’s shelter, Family Residence. Very cool!
Hear from them why they chose this assignment: