Tuesday, February 13, 2007

What to do?

Today, several students that go to my school approached me about doing some community service project in New Orleans or on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. All of them spent time in MS last summer. I love New Orleans, but I am worried. I think it would truly benefit this country, my school, and these students to go and help people in New Orleans get their lives together. However, I also feel that I cannot lead students into harms way which I feel like I may do if we plan a trip. How can I assure parents that their children will not be the victims of violent crime? How can I justify the danger of New Orleans over the relative safety of the MS Gulf Coast? It hurts me to say this, but my heart says go to New Orleans, but my head says we go to Mississippi. I hate that. What would you do?


dillyberto said...

The "violent crime" that you are referring to seems to mainly hit African American males under the age of 25.

Are you bringing African American males under the age of 25?

Can you be sure your volunteers will be where they are supposed to be?

These are the questions I would need answered for myslef if I were in your position.

LatinTeacher said...

Valid points, however, Helen Hill and Paul Gailiunas were not African-American males under 25, and they were where they were supposed to be. These kids are good kids who have come with their church in the past. I think I will encourage them to come but I don't want to candy coat anything, either. I will be calling my mom later to find out if there are any groups that these kids could do some work for.