BEND, OR -- Local schools saw a record number of snow days, this winter. Bend City Councilor Barb Campbell announced, this week, she has an idea for kids to stay busy on these unexpected days off. She notes colleges often look for community service on admissions applications and she thinks partnering with schools to get kids to volunteer is a win/win proposal.
"This is what I'm thinking," she told her fellow Councilors at Wednesday's meeting. "The school district is going to say to the kids, 'One way you could get community service hours is by shoveling snow during snow days.' We are involved, because we are the ones who get the phone calls when people are unable to shovel their own." Campbell explained, "We are going to be the ones who answer the phones and say, 'OK, we need somebody this address, this parking lot, we're trying to clear the corners in downtown Bend.' You know, that's why the city would be involved."
Campbell wants to talk to Bend-La Pine Schools to see if they can work together to develop a community service program.