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October 25, 2012

KEPPELER: From volunteerism to higher education, heed the good deeds today's kids do.

They’re an easy target.

They’ve grown up in a time when many of the things they consider an everyday part of life is something their much-older counterparts still look askance at, where they’re constantly linked to their friends by a net of technology, where the obligatory phone call to out-of-state relatives has been replaced by Skype ... and no one considers it something out of “Star Trek” at this point. (And if they do, Chris Pine, and not William Shatner, is the applicable Capt. Kirk.)

I’m writing, of course, about teenagers. 

Of course, all this makes them absolutely no different than their predecessors, whether today’s 20-somethings, or my generation, their parents’ generation (closer to my generation than I care to admit) or even their grandparents’ generation, as far as it goes. “Kids these days” have always been an easy target, whether they’re listening to iPods or record players, wearing skinny jeans or bell-bottoms.

There are still too many people out there (or in Sound Off in this newspaper for that matter) who are all too willing to consider them far-too-attached to their technology (as if many adults aren’t the same), ill-schooled, dishonest, poor citizens, uninterested in their elders and, perhaps above all, lazy and unmotivated. And like just about any stereotype, of course, it’s generally not true. 

Witness the flier that recently crossed my desk.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3, Tonawanda High School’s College Success class will hold a Rake-A-Thon to help out any residents who are unable to rake their own leaves, or who would like some assistance doing so. Those interested can call 694-7660, ext. 2304, and leave a message with their name, phone number and address, and someone will get back to them about the request.

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