Everything you need to understand or teach Doing Time by Rob Thomas.
Community service projects are the connecting theme for ten short stories which feature twelfth grade students from Robert E. Lee High School. Required to complete 200 hours of volunteer work in order to graduate, each student reacts differently to his or her assignment. While most are apathetic and not enthusiastic toward their service and charity recipients, some students view the requirement as an opportunity to improve their own lives although not always altruistically. Candid character sketches presented as first person narratives reveal the diversity of teenage values, motivations, attitudes, and aspirations.