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Students barter community service for tuition and groceries

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  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    They should also learn about taxes and how that affects their pay, savings, interest etc. They need to realize as they are saving, that down the road the federal government wants to take it's "fair share" and redistribute it those who didn't spend 5 hours every Saturday trying to make ends meet.

    These kids are making $20/hour passing out fliers. It seems a bit inflated price for the work. Where does the store get it's money from to fund this? Or does this come from the food stamps or the school lunch budget that is being used to feed entire families?

    It seems like the idea is on the right track. What accountability for their labor etc are they learning?

    I guess they are still figuring out the best model for the program. Good luck

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    March 26, 2013 5:11 a.m.

    I like the idea. However, the proper word to use instead of "community service" would be a "job." The only problem is that using that word would then of course get the organization in trouble because of the underage work laws.