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Editorial: No lazy summers for these kids
Area youth applying their efforts to better themselves, community
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Gainesville High School students, f rom left, Ryan Nguyen, 15, Solomon Riley, 16, and Elizabeth Markey, 17, paint over graffiti Saturday during Generation Inspiration's Operation Untag Gainesville. Generation Inspiration is a summer youth leadership society that helps Gainesville students give back to the community. In this initiative, various groups cleaned up areas around downtown Gainesville that have been tagged with graffiti. - photo by David Barnes
Back in the day, summertime for area kids was not only longer by several weeks, it was full of gleefully idle hours spent barefoot in the sunshine, hanging out by a pool, wetting a line in a lake, playing ball on a dusty sandlot and chasing after the ice cream truck. Today’s kids still have fun, even if more of it is spent in the den battling pretend aliens in hi-def. But many others, facing a time when competition for spots in college or the workplace are harder to come by, are using their time productively to better themselves and their community, as chronicled in a few recent stories on our pages: • Last Saturday, Gainesville High students joined Generation Inspiration in efforts to “untag” the city by painting over graffiti in areas around town.