Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 15, 2012

Student letter: Andover High's filth is embarassing

The Andover Townsman

---- — Editor, Townsman:

I am a senior at Andover High School. One thing has not changed in four years: many students seem to pay little attention to their surroundings. Having seen the classrooms and cafeterias of many other schools during math team competitions, I have noticed how comparatively unclean our school is. In fact, when our school hosted a math team meet last year, I heard some students from other schools say that our school was dirty.

Students are to blame. Many leave water bottles, paper and food all about the school. Students feel free to draw on, bore holes into, and stick gum to desks. Our previous principal replaced many cafeteria chairs because they were covered with wads of gum. The custodial staff can simply not keep up nor should they be expected to.

It seems that a logical solution would be to have students participate in cleanup efforts. It is costly to replace unnecessarily damaged property and to clean up all of the trash left behind. If we stocked every classroom with brooms and cleaning equipment for a brief, 10-minute cleanup on Friday afternoons, we would both help contribute to the school’s cleanliness and encourage students to become more aware of their surroundings.

The current state of our school is both embarrassing and unacceptable, especially with an upcoming NEASC visit.

Ronan Maye

3 Windsor St.