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Student reactions to governor's recommendations

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[FEB. 12, 2004]  What is your reaction to Gov. Blagojevich’s recommendation that high schools require students to complete community service before graduation?

Beth Boch, senior

“I believe that the classes required to graduate are for learning purposes – U.S. History, Government, etc. These classes give students information essential to life after high school. However, I think that making community service a requirement for graduation doesn’t give us that essential knowledge needed, it just builds character. I do not believe community service should be mandatory.”

Corinne O’Donoghue, senior

“I don’t think requiring community service for graduation is right or fair.  Those of us who choose to volunteer do it because we enjoy it. If we were all forced to volunteer, then there would be kids who would not give their full effort.  Volunteering is a choice, not something that can be forced on a person.”

Kari Last, senior
“I think it’s a good idea. It would help the community be better.”


Chris Podunajec, senior

“I don’t think it would be a big problem to do community service to graduate. I already do over 200 hours a year, so it is really no big deal to me. I think it would be a great idea for students to do.”

[See related LDN article: "Blagojevich proposes community service requirement for all high school students"]

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