Imagine wanting to celebrate this kind of thing. Or highlight it in a news story.
And why does this crowd always have to pull their damned trailers into Burbank?
Family’s road trip is driven by philanthropy
Burbank is one stop on a national tour of charity and volunteerism.
In his 25 years as a financial planner in Phoenix, Gregg Murset noticed two things his successful clients all had in common: They worked hard and they were smart with their money.
Hoping to instill those values in his own children, Murset set out with his wife Kami and their six kids on a 10,000-mile road trip. They’re calling it the “Working Across America Tour,” and it involves doing odd jobs for charities along the way with the goal of teaching philanthropic values.
The family was in Burbank Thursday on the western portion of the tour doing some chores and visiting residents at Casa de la Providencia, a low-income independent living facility operated by United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
“It really is great what they’re teaching their kids,” said Ron Cohen, president and chief executive officer of United Cerebral Palsy. “It’s something we need to teach our kids today who are so wired.”
So … what is it that they’re teaching them?
The [ charity] work is a “natural extension” of another effort Gregg Murset started and is promoting on the family’s tour — a smartphone app called My Job Chart. He said it’s a tool to help parents to teach kids about hard work, money management skills and social responsibility.
“It’s kind of like finance 101,” Murset said.
The Apple and Android app works a bit like an old-fashioned chore list, “it’s just in your pocket now,” Murset said. In the app, parents create chores and give them a point value, then assign them to their children.
Children earn points for completing the assignments, points they can save in the app or redeem for cash from their parents — a penny per point — for spending or sharing. For example, 1,000 points earned for chores at Providencia could be spent as a $10 donation to United Cerebral Palsy.
Yuuck. Why not teach these kids instead the value of doing something for its own sake? Why does there have to be points and money involved?
Yeah ok, maybe that’s too quaint for this new century of ours. After all, Chromebooks don’t pay for themselves.
So here’s an idea. Why doesn’t our own Burbank Unified School District start paying their students for getting good grades and test scores? What a motivational tool it can be!
They can even pay ‘em for reading books, too. Fiction of course would not be worth as much (in fact, maybe we could disallow it entirely. That would probably be better).
It’ll be win-win for everyone. The schools will benefit reputation wise (just look at those soaring property values!) and the kids will quickly learn that discipline, hard work and having good character can indeed pay off.