The Norman Transcript

April 4, 2014

The power of youth

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Political pundits and even some academics have cried for years about the lack of civic engagement and philanthropic pursuits by our nation’s young. The “slacktivist” generation will be the undoing of society, some have warned.

It’s quite the opposite in Norman this week. We give it up to Norman North and Norman High School students who, together, raised more than $230,000 during their respective spring fundraisers. The money raised stays here to help families and individuals who are in need.

Students are learning the value of collective projects and to engage in pursuits that are bigger than themselves. It’s a lesson they will carry throughout their lives.

Across the city, on the University of Oklahoma campus, college students will get up early (well, early for college students) on Saturday morning to give back with the 15th annual Big Event. An estimated 5,500 students will volunteer at 150 job sites throughout the metropolitan area.

The idea is that students who learn to give back and engage in their university community will take that same spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy when they leave OU.

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