Among all the voluntary service stations in Beijing, the one located at an outdoor community gym in Haidian District was one of a kind. It was established specially for middle school students. Every day, teenage students from a different school in the neighborhood came here to give road directions for passersby and attend to their other needs. Despite the fact that this volunteer station was not situated in a busy street and visitors were scanty, it was overflowing with color and decoration, and looked like a “learning corner” wall poster seen at the back of a classroom.
They were the youngest of all the volunteers at the service of the Beijing Olympics. Too young and too inexperienced to be entrusted with weightier responsibilities, they were given only the simplest tasks. However, the boys or girls came with curiosity and expectation, and did it with great gusto. The experience drove home to them that among all the dazzling array of temptations of life, they could choose an alternative pattern of growth that could convert them from bit players today to society’s mainstay tomorrow.