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Poll: On Boston's latest snow day, would you pay kids to do your shoveling?

Posted by Alan Wirzbicki  January 21, 2011 07:40 AM

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The kids these days. They don't respect their elders, run out ground balls — or, according to Globe columnist Scot Lehigh, shovel snow.

With another big winter storm pummeling the region, Boston schoolchildren have today off. But Lehigh writes on today's op-ed page that unlike in the old days, when kids welcomed snow days as an opportunity to clear walks and driveways for profit, today's children don't relish the opportunity to spend the day engaged in manual labor.

"As far as I can tell, they are all on Facebook or busy texting their pals," Lehigh writes.

This will come as news in Brookline, which actually runs a "Shovel Our Snow" service to match shovel-wielding kids with snowbound residents. "I love having jobs, but mostly jobs helping people," one 11-year-old shoveler told Wicked Local in a 2008 article about the program.

So it seems that there are at least some kids eager to shovel. In defense of the rest of the state's children, maybe they just need a reminder of the demand:

Globe file photo: instead of shoveling, these children are helping build an igloo after a March, 1956, snowstorm in Boston.

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