More boys want to volunteer, some of them our miscreants. I have a very
thorough screening process. I give the children an application which
they must fill out and get signed by parents. On the top of the
application I write that they must call for an appointment for an
interview with me and I write our phone number. I tell them they can not
call me the same day, they must wait at least 2 days before they call
me. If they do not follow the directions I have given, I disqualify
them from the volunteer acceptance process.
Today, Jamal wanted to
volunteer and get the application. I began writing my instructions on
the top of the application. His brother Ahmed, who was waiting for HIS
interview today (he's the one who gets into fights), proudly told his
older brother what was going to happen. "See, Ms. B is going to give
you a very special private time for a meeting with her, but you will
have to call to arrange it. She is writing down everything in her very
special handwriting: Cursive! It is very important so she uses her
important handwriting, Cursive! See? Look at Ms. B's special
beautiful handwriting! I wish I could write Cursive!"
Of course, all the
children crowded around to see Cursive!