Papers fluttering in the wind, drenched copies of “The Odyssey,” leftover lunches strewn across the ground.
Despite having more than 160 lockers, SCDS students are unable to keep the quad in a decent state, particularly the freshman quad.
Country Day has invested $25,000 in providing a safe, dry place for us to keep school supplies. Just this year the school added brand-new lockers and awnings to keep the lockers dry.
Yet many high schoolers are incapable of turning their dials three times.
A whole 30 seconds would be wasted in opening their lockers.
Putting in that much time and effort into keeping our high school looking good? Unfathomable.
Instead, they toss their belongings in their backpacks and on the quad tables.
The backpacks are then clumped together at the base of the lockers.
A little bit of initiative on the students’ side would go a long way. We might actually be able to see the floor in front of the lockers.
But apparently the easier option is to leave textbooks, homework, laptops and calculators cluttering our own work area.
As a result, students’ supplies go “missing.” And then they wonder how on earth their things disappear when they left them right in front of the lockers?
Because of this carelessness, there is often a frantic search before class to borrow other people’s supplies.
If a student needs a chemistry book and finds one lying in front of the lockers, it is so simple to “borrow” it.
Thus, when that person whose chemistry book was borrowed needs a chemistry book, they pick up another one that happens to be lying there.
And so it becomes a vicious circle.
And let’s not forget how the changing weather affects our quad.
November brought with it winter rains and wind that soaked homework, notes, handouts, books, lunches and laptops—brand new MacBook Airs that cost the school $1400 each.
A pause in the rain reveals a dismal sight.
The ink from our chemistry notes has bled, leaving a soggy paper dyed black.
Copies of “Catcher in the Rye” are coverless, their pages glued together.
Lunch bags are in bits and pieces, and soggy sandwich bags filled with who-knows-what lie beside them.
And thank God for the TI-89s’ hard outer cases or they too would be ruined.
If we weren’t quite so lazy and scatterbrained about our supplies and lockers, we might be able to keep our quad in decent shape.
But that’s a long shot.