You know, the 'x' number of hours you needed to graduate high school? That was a pretty big part of my education. We had requirements for all 4 years of middle school (4, since mine went 5-8), in high school, for NHS, for confirmation group, and even in college, when I participated in and then later taught Honors 100, a college acclimation course. I didn't always like the requirement, or the projects. I was one of those busy kids with fifty million activities going on, so sometimes the service projects were just one more thing to do. A couple of years, I managed to get service credit for things I was already doing, like volunteer child care - it wasn't cheating, but it wasn't really in the spirit of the program. In some instances, the project itself wasn't something I was really excited about, either because it pushed my comfort zones, or because I didn't find it that exciting. Without a doubt, my favorite activity was Habitat for Humanity because:
- I got to play with power tools.
- I learned some cool stuff - I helped build a frame for a wall. A wall! It wasn't there when we started, it was when we finished.
- We worked side-by-side with the homeowners, and got to hear their plans for the house, and what it meant to them.
- It was physical activity, and outdoors.
- Did I mention the power tools?