tabling at Wheeling HS 5/17/2019

Roger and I talked to probably a half dozen or more students. One advantage of sitting inside the commons area. The tombstones drew attention. Several stopped to look at the various counties. In retrospect almost wish we'd had all the tombstones or maybe display the 30 highest counties.

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Tabling at EGHS 5/16/2019

Very slow. The display of tombstones did draw attention and quite a few students slowed down to take a closer look, but only a few stopped to talk. The longest conversation I had was with one of the security guards. He talked at some length about all the wars our country has been involved in and now the threat of war with Iran.

tabling at BGHS 5/13/2019

It has been a quiet but not quite dead day at Buffalo Grove.  Normally they provide a rectangular table for me, but all those tables were being used for the vast amount of end-of-year testing being done this week. So they gave me a square table, which is perfect for our cemetery display.

I should have labeled it clearly as the combat deaths of people from Illinois 2001-2018. The other half, of course, is being displayed at another school.

One gentle student told me he was sorry for my loss. I told him it wasn't my loss, but everyone's loss.  He assured me he had no intention of joining the military: he plans to become a cartoonist.  He doesn't want to end up under a military grave stone.

A security guy told me, well, they signed up for it. Buy we agreed that probably none of them signed up to die.

One student recognized the cemetery as a place he'd been recently when his grandfather died.  I'm not sure if he got the point we were trying to make about combat deaths.

A teacher came by and gazed at the cemetery. I explained the tombstones represented about half the combat deaths of people from Illinois 2001-2018.   She actually took the time to read some tombstones. She said she was not aware of this (I guess that there'd been so many losses from ).


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tabling at EGHS 4/18/2019

Once again this month the Elk Grove Park District is at the adjacent table they are recruiting students to be life guards this summer @$11 an hour.  They have a steady trickle of business. I don't. This school is so not worth visiting monthly.

The school had set up tables for us ahead of time, but no chairs today. Standing for over two hours is taking its toll on my ancient knees.  I stood and sang for two hours each on Saturday and Sunday, but I had an intermission. And I was singing, not just standing there.

The people at the park district table are wandering through the cafeteria and chatting up students.  They have a staff member and two students. They take turns. One is always at the table. Two wander through the cafeteria.  If I could snag a staff member, I would request a chair.

Only one student has wandered by for candy. He's a special needs student. Probably the military isn't trying to recruit him.


tabling at Rolling Meadows 5/7/2019

It has been a quiet day at Rolling Meadows High School.

Our prolific writer came by briefly. He will graduate soon and attend Harper. I gave him a business card and asked him to stay in touch. He's a keeper.

Mostly people have zipped past the table. A few have taken candy. Little or no conversation has occurred. Yes, it's a waste of time.

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