February 14th, 2013
05:00 AM ET

Students help dig out snowed-in schools

(CNN) - The town of Waterbury, Connecticut, was buried beneath snow after the massive winter storm that blanketed the Northeast last weekend. By Monday, snow removal was underway, but the town's 32 schools still hadn't been touched.

That is, until hundreds of teens, parents and teachers showed up with shovels. The mayor said he'd pay $8.25 per hour to those who dug out the schools, and 500 came to help, including 300 teens, CNN affiliate WFSB reported - a turnout that surprised everyone.

Posted by
Filed under: Parents • School communities • Students • Teachers • Weather
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. DurtyKurty

    Capitalism at it's best! Instead of the community banning together to make sure their kids get into the school to get the proper education they need, they only come to help when they are promised a pay check. It's still cool but please don't think these people were doing this out of the good of their hearts; they only did it for the money.

    Kind of a lame story guys. Find a story that truly shows the good of people, not how greedy most Americans are.

    February 16, 2013 at 11:01 am |
    • Silence

      They should have call Boy Scouts. They would do it because it is a "good turn," and would not accept payment. That would be a news story. Paying the community to dig out their own schools is not a news story; it is hype.

      February 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
  2. David

    The union is the reason it isn't done yet.

    February 15, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
  3. casorette

    Can they do that ? I would assume the union that covers the grounds keppers would not allow it – the students are taking their jobs away

    February 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
  4. HARRISON

    I think it very nice that the whole city is helping dig out the schools because it is a priority for kids to go to school

    February 14, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
  5. HARRISON

    i tink it very nice that the whole city is helping dig out the schools because it is a priority for kids to go to school

    February 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
  6. Tyler

    I think it is responsible for them to do it and if it keeps up their going to be board till schools back.

    February 14, 2013 at 4:23 pm |