Public Service Academy, Forestry Division
A small Oregon school district has found a way to gain new students. It’s converted to a charter specializing in natural resources. In the upper grades, the curriculum includes public service experience:
High school students are working with the Forest Service to help clean up campgrounds and do other activities that give them a glimpse of what working for the federal agency might be like.
I hope these kids don’t get in trouble with any unions, like the Boy Scout in Pennsylvania who cleared a walkway in a park. In that case, a union protested that only government employees were allowed to work in the parks — no volunteers. (The union president resigned soon afterward.)