March 7th was a freezing evening, but it did not stop volunteers from going to high schools on Parent Teacher Conference night. We were at 14 high schools throughout NYC prepared to provide families with non-military informational flyers. One addresses Options for Life After High School and the second focuses on Questions to Ask/ Points to Consider in connection with military recruitment outreach in high schools. As parents enter the building anxious to speak with their child’s teacher, they are presented with this information and perhaps a brief comment.
*One girl read the leaflet and told her buddy, “Good information here.”
*The parents are so grateful for the handouts. One mother said, “Nobody ever helps us with these things. Thank you so much.” With tears in her eyes.
*A teacher’s remarks: Responding that she was a teacher not a parent was interested in knowing what was being distributed. She was pleased to take the leaflets as she is a counselor and supervises a student study group related to post-high school matters.
A rewarding experience for volunteers as well as for parents and students who gladly accept the flyers and acknowledge the information.
Students not Soldiers,
for the Granny Peace Brigade