Driving my son to basketball camp each morning, I am so impressed with the number of kids at LZHS summer camps, improving their endurance and abilities in football, cross country, baseball, softball, tennis, soccer, and inside the building is summer school, band camp, more I can’t see.
The older students mentor the younger ones, working alongside the coaches to work on batting stances, passes, dribbling. There are bikes lined up along the school, t-shirts and water bottles forgotten while the cross country runners trek through town.
While I open my computer each morning, they start their work outs, keeping their brains and bodies sharp, instead of sleeping in on each summer day. I applaud their courage to mingle with both friends and strangers, their tenaciousness in learning new skills, their spirits, their joy.
I get tired of hearing the negative media about youth, and while I enjoy sharing in their individual successes, I am even more inspired to see them work together, to try, to maybe fail, to try again, for success, as one.
Our government could learn a little—maybe a lot– from these students. C