Today (yesterday, technically) I met with a few other students to discuss RSU's involvement in the Hillcub program. Through the Hillcub program, RSU students have the opportunity to raise materials (or funds) for a community elementary school, Claremont, by donating towards crayons for schoolchildren. I think this is a great project.
While in the meeting, I voiced a few frustrations that have been compounding in recent years. We likely all notice the late-summer rush to area stores as soon as school supply lists are posted. My question to RSU students is this: do we notice the lists themselves? Every now and then I pick up a random list just to see what's on it, and every year I'm amazed at the growing material requirements for students. It makes me wish that I knew a way to help beyond my limited means, and I think the Hillcub program is a step in that direction.
In all honesty, I worry about student involvement during the summer months. If school is a relationship, then our yearly three-month break from it is probably not an indicator of our relationship's success. Now, I'm not saying that we go to school year-round (I think I'm allergic to that concept), but I wish there were some way for us to still stay connected.
Why did I mention anything in that entire previous paragraph? Two reasons: 1) I tend toward unfortunate rambling, and; 2) the Hillcub idea could be a way for me to ease both my frustration with school supply lists--which I acknowledge sounds silly when I write it that way--and my desire to see students stay connected to the school throughout the summer months.
I have high hopes that when SGA President Adrean Shelly (who is kind of a ROCKSTAR) assists in announcing the Hillcub projects that students will get involved and make a difference. It's not just for the nameless, faceless crowd. It's for kids right here in Claremore, at a school that a lot of us went to. I might be a good guy (Westside kid), but I can still appreciate a great thing when I see it.
Hope everyone's having a great summer. :)