Our View: Clean House: Let’s pitch in to keep our campus spotless

 “It’s a pride issue. Everybody has to have pride in their schools. I don’t think any of us want to walk through the hallways with a bunch of food and junk lying around in it.”

—Troy Becker, Associate Principal

Walking through the hallways after power hour, you can see grapes, milk cartons and wrappers littering the hallway. Footsteps gliding past the spilled contents of lunch bags, eyes darting away daring to look at the mess knowing that they do not want to be the ones to clean up somebody else’s destruction. This is an everyday scene in the high school hallways, but why does it have to be this way?

“It kind of ebbs and flows. It definitely was at its peak worst at the end of the school year last year. This year we started off the year pretty good, but it is starting to get worse again,” associate principal Troy Becker said.

Spilled lunches should not be left to the janitors; eating in the hallway is a responsibility.

“It’s a pride issue. Everybody has to have pride in their schools. I don’t think any of us want to walk through the hallways with a bunch of food and junk lying around in it. That’s everybody’s responsibility, not just our custodians responsibility,” Becker said.

The solution to this issue is within reach. Everyone needs to take responsibility in the school and show their Tiger pride.

“If every student had the sense of ‘this is my building’ and ‘this is our facilities’ and had pride in it then it wouldn’t happen,” Becker said.

Sitting in the hallways during power hour is a privilege, not a right. This was established early in the year with restriction, and it can go back to this if this behavior is not changed. Simple spills can easily be cleaned up and trash cans are easily accessible lining the walls of each hallway.

“Take responsibility for yourself. If you have a spill, walk down and get some paper towels and clean it up. It’s not a hard thing to do. You would do the same thing if you were at your house,” Becker said.

Take the role and respect our house, it is a place for everyone, but not for your trash in the hallways.

“If everybody in the building would just have a little pride,” Becker said, “then it’s easier for everybody.”

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