Do they still teach shop class at the High School? Perhaps the students can make helping the community part of the curriculum. The students could apply the things they learn to real world applications such as the blighted properties. Unemployment is a huge problem in the United States right now. Although there are many other factors to unemployment being so high, one factor is that many employers are finding it difficult to find employees with the basic skills required to do the job they have posted. The students would upgrade their skills by the real world experience and many of them would have the skills necessary to enter the job market. The article says the money raised would go toward the cost of the ordinance. Why not use that money to fund some of the repairs of other blighted properties or near blighted properties and let the students do the work to gain the experience?