Staples is filled with SLOBs.
And Westport is a far better place for them.
The yuk-yuk anagram stands for Service League of Boys. The parent-son community service club is one of the most popular organizations at school.
It’s only 3 years old, but already the SLOBs have established a great tradition: Service Sunday. Fathers, mothers and teenage sons work together doing construction, landscaping and painting for social service groups in town.
Last year they gave the Gillespie Center a new courtyard, finished the food pantry and painted their office. SLOBs painted the bathrooms at Bacharach Emergency Housing, and mulched their beds. They did a lot of landscaping for Saugatuck Apartments and Linxweiler, and also worked for seniors through the Department of Human Services.
This year they’ve added Project Return and the ABC House.
Staples SLOBs work in the Gillespie Shelter food pantry.
They pay for supplies with unique fundraisers. For 2011 a committee of boys devised an arm wrestling event. After school on March 11, SLOBs and friends will try to break the Guinness world record for simultaneous arm wrestlers (it’s 200). Then SLOBs will host an arm wrestling tournament, with teams of 6 (3 males, 3 females — teachers are welcome). By charging an entry fee, SLOBs hopes to raise up to $10,000.
Tom and David Kalb help landscape Linxweiler House.
But they still need help for Service Day (this year, May 1). SLOBs provides the grunt work, but they need professionals to help — for example, doing bathroom renovatiions (including new vinyl flooring), and installing paving stones and removing damaged asphalt at the Gillespie Center.
Pros are also needed for power washing at 2 houses; porch renovation and replacement of rotted shingles; replacing a rotted stockade fence, and sheetrocking a small area of the food pantry.
Sure, Staples students sometimes leave the cafeteria a mess. But this group of SLOBs is doing some pretty neat things.
(Interested in helping with Service Sunday, either by donating professional expertise or money? Able to donate a storage shed, new grill, and/or new tools like rakes and shovels? Contact Suzanne Kalb: email@example.com; 203-226-4803.)