By Nick Vang

Last year I was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. I hated the sound, the words of it. To tell the truth, I wasn’t going to do it. It was just a waste of time and a waste of energy to me. Then I went to my court hearing and was told I must do it or face incarceration. Well, that got me motivated.

I began looking for a place to complete my hours. George Sims Community Center was a perfect place. It was complete with a gym, a wonderful park and was a place where a lot of my friends met up.

I picked the wrong place. What I had to do was really easy. I cleaned windows, swept and mopped floors, but I was distracted. Many of my friends came by, which made it hard to maintain what I had to get done. My hours were up to myself so I decided my schedule. Next thing you know, I was skipping my usual hours.

The staff at George Sims were great, supportive people. I got to know most of them and they helped get me back on track. They made me a schedule early in the morning so nothing would sidetrack me.

To this day, I would go help out whenever possible. I love the people there, and giving a helping hand whenever possible. Honestly, I’m glad that I was given community service hours.