There are so many schools attempting to raise money for their sports programs by selling water bottles, towels and other useless items.

Why don’t we have our youths enlist (and begin a program that would benefit the Portland community) to rake an elderly person’s yard in the spring and fall, or offer to shovel during a storm and give them a rate of $10 an hour? They could even take care of your plants and pets when you are away.

This would allow the elderly, along with people who travel, to get a service at a reasonable price and also have our children understand that a work ethic is an important part of their education.

It would be a win-win proposition, and we would not be cluttering the environment with useless items. Each school could designate the number of children in a particular sport to make them reach their goal.

Otherwise, just charge parents more money for the programs.

Dorothy Tweer

Portland