Home » Opinion » Editorials
Inspiration in Keene: Teens helping others
A week before Christmas, a group of teenagers in Keene was out at the mall spending money - on total strangers. For an inspiring story amid all of the painful news this Christmas season, keep reading.
If you want to see examples of teenagers doing things they should not do, you can open the newspaper on any day of the week. If you want to see good kids doing the right thing, you can always have a look around at the Keene Pumpkin Festival. Among the volunteers donating time and labor to make the festival a success are many students, including the Keene High School Interact Club, the high-school version of the local Rotary Club. They dedicate themselves to charitable service, which they do by volunteering and raising money.
For their work at the pumpkin festival this year, the Interact Club was awarded $5,000 of the $29,381 Discover Card donated to educational causes for the event ($1 for each pumpkin). The club members immediately gave the money away to another school group, the React Club, which helps disabled students at the school.
So what were they doing at the mall? They were buying Christmas presents for children. They had some money to spend. The club has raised at least $50,000 a year in each of the last six years.
Nice, you might say, but how much does the behavior of this one, little club really say about high school kids? It says a lot. The club is so popular that it has to cap enrollment at 100 members. The waiting list is 300 students long. Keene High School has a little more than 1,500 students, which means that more than 26 percent of the entire student body wants into this club, where giving to others is the goal. That is truly inspiring.
READER COMMENTS: 3
- George Will: How Obama has worsened inequality - 0
- Fergus Cullen: How an insured family, mine, ended up on the ACA exchange - 11
- John Stossel: The bogus war on women - 7
- Sheridan Brown: NH is vulnerable to an oil spill and needs some protection - 2
- Al Felgar: Patients can’t wait for state to fix narrow Obamacare network - 2
- George Will: The benefits of prudence - 0
- Jonah Goldberg: Paul and Cruz vie to become Reagan's heir - 0
- Thomas Sowell: Liberal education policies hurt minorities - 1
- Charles Arlinghaus: Yes, our paltry rainy day fund is a really big deal - 3
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Parents share what 'CJ' taught them - 0
- Gilford High junior surprised by Francis Wayland Parker honor - 0
- Police bill disputed by Stewartstown and Colebrook ends up in court - 0
- New to Nottingham, fire victims plan to stay - 0
- ‘Coffee with a Cop’ promotes police, community relations - 0
- Arts-based charter high school in Derry begins accepting applications - 0
- Troy voters accept community center donation - 0
- Voters support Bow School District articles - 0
- License revocations for DWI announced - 0
Police at scene of Center Ossipee shooting
New to Nottingham, fire victims plan to stay
Litchfield man found stabbed
Scott Brown's latest step stirs the pot
Hooksett's choices: Leave them to parents