I had a hilarious conversation with my teenagers today. It began when I was joking that my eldest could “Rob a bank to have money to go to Six Flags for the Day.” To which my middle daughter shouted from her bedroom, “You’re gonna rob a bank? Can I help? I can get CAS (service) hours for it!” After I finished laughing, I asked her to join us and explain. Here is what she told us.
CAS stands for Creative, Action and Service. This is something their high school does in the advanced classes to make a student well rounded. My daughter explained that it would be creative to come up with the plan to rob a bank and be able to get away with it. She further said that the actual act of robbing the bank would be the action. In addition, they are encouraged when doing CAS hours to stretch themselves and if possible learn new things and skills. My daughter explained that robbing a bank would be a new skill for her and would even apply as a very technical and specialized skill which would give her extra credit. In addition, she stated that she would receive extra marks for the cooperation of working as a team with her sister to achieve the robbing of the bank.
At this point, I am laughing pretty hard, but I realized that there was one thing missing. I asked her, “How would robbing a bank count as service hours?”
My daughter had an answer for this as well. She said, “Because I would give a portion of the money to the needy!” Kind of a modern day Robin Hood. So proud my daughter was thinking of the needy in her time of criminal behavior to fill needed service hours with her high school.
After this mini-discussion, my daughter explained that many of the advanced students had discussed this very action and how it would count as CAS hours. During that time, a teacher overheard them and there was almost an incident until the students explained. My daughter told me that while the teacher said “Ok” she still walked away looking at them with very wide eyes.
In the end, this turned into a really funny bonding time with my teenagers that had us all laughing and enjoying our family. God I love and am so thankful for my family!
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