Staples Students Are Complete SLOBs

Today was as sweet as it gets.

Staples students could have celebrated the spectacular weather by going to the beach. Playing tennis, golf, frisbee or with each other. Studying for AP tests that start tomorrow, even.

Instead, over 100 boys — and 80 or so parents — spent the day on community service projects all around Westport.

The Staples Service League of Boys — SLOBs for, lovingly, short — headed out to the Bacharach Houses, Gillespie Center, Compo and Burying Hill Beaches, Wakeman Town Farm, Linxweiler House, Powell House, Project Return, ABC House and Earthplace.

They wielded tools...

They wielded tools…

They weeded, planted, mulched, picked up garbage, painted and cleaned.

...got dirty...

…got dirty…

They worked long and hard. They did manual labor, and learned some skills. They worked side by side with their parents, and a few siblings.

...picked up garbage...

…picked up garbage…

It’s all part of SLOBs’ ongoing commitment to their town. So far this year, they’ve contributed more than 2,300 hours of service.

And how did you spend your day?

...filled and hauled wheelbarrows...

…filled and hauled wheelbarrows…

...learned new skills...

…learned new skills…

...took down branches...

…took down branches…

...bonded with their parents...

…bonded with their parents…

...and siblings...

…and siblings…

...and left the town far better than it had been just a few hours earlier.

…and left the town far better than it had been just a few hours earlier. (Photos/Emily Prince)

5 responses to “Staples Students Are Complete SLOBs

  1. Way to go, guys! Thanks.

  2. Susan Hopkins

    Bravo! Well done.

  3. Sharon Paulsen

    That’s a ton of hard work, and it’s awesome these kids are taking on those arduous tasks around Westport!

    I feel their (physical) pain, as this is similar to how I spent my weekend (and much of last week) … Weeding, mulching, transplanting, watering, and … Lifting lifting … Digging digging, hauling hauling, etc., in my humble 1/3 acre here in Trumbull. (It’s a labor of love, and the rewards are worth doing it yourself – mostly, ha).

    Amazing how much more goes into this process than many realize, so I commend these kids at what they VOLUNTEER to do! Of course, they are young, with stamina, but it’s still very taxing, using those dormant winter muscles.

    Ugh, I’m soooo exhausted!! Hahaha! 😎

  4. Jacque O'Brien

    Talk about roll models! Congratulations on a job/jobs well done!

  5. Jacque O'Brien

    Meant to say role models!