Letters to the Editor

Student volunteers make a difference

Recently, 250 students poured into the gymnasiums at San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay high schools for interviews with the 43 nonprofit organizations in attendance, for the purpose of becoming engaged in community service learning. During 20-minute interviews in small groups, students listened and asked questions as nonprofits explained the work they do to address unmet needs around our community. It was gratifying to see students come to the realization that they could make a difference in our world by volunteering.

Studies show people who get involved in their communities at an early age are more likely to be contributing citizens throughout their lives. It should be a vital component of their education. In this polarized age, developing compassion and learning that we all have a role to play in our communities are important lessons.

Citizens Congress Education Foundation wishes to thank the San Luis Coastal Unified School District (Kim McGrath), the high school principals and their staffs for the opportunity to be part of this effort. A big thank you goes to Rachel Cementina at United Way, all the participating nonprofits, and Panera Bread, Mr. Pickles, House of Bread, Starbucks and Trader Joe’s for providing a delicious lunch for them.

Dianne Jackson, Atascadero