I’ve been in Iowa City for about eight years now and always see these kids at some point each spring or summer. My roommate was talked into getting a Reader’s Digest subscription that was supposed to be in Spanish–convincing herself that at least it would be somewhat of a learning experience if it were in another language–after I passed by her talking to them as I walked through College Green park one day.
The Houston Press article finally sheds some light–describing what I’ve always avoided finding out myself. Remember it next time someone asks you if you want to help them meet their soccer teams’ fundraising goal. Midwesterners don’t need to be as naive as we look.