As a kid, I never got an allowance, but I always managed to raise some spending money in the summer by cutting lawns for a dollar or two. And in the winter, I also picked up cash by shoveling driveways. It wasn’t just lucrative, but it also gave me a sense of responsibility and kept me out of trouble.
I thought back to those days when I read Rachel Collier’s WDRB.com story about brothers Travis Durham, Alan Stafford and Demontae Marshall and their cousin, J.V. Mackin -- local teens who have created their own community service project of mowing yards all across the city for people who can’t do it themselves.
But there’s a big difference between them and me, because you see, Travis and his crew won’t accept cash for their labors. They will, however, accept voluntary donations to their GoFundMe page, and so far they’ve raised thousands of dollars -- which is a lot better than I ever did.
Young black males are facing tough challenges, and these kids are extraordinary role models. What they’re doing is productive, generous and smart, and this experience will serve them well when they enter the adult world. It also speaks volumes about the character of their parents, people who have obviously instilled strong positive values in their children.
Now that’s the way to spend a summer. How great would it be if others followed their lead?
I’m Bill Lamb and that’s my Point of View.