An Early Reminder for DC Public Schools Beautification Day 2010

Photo from PoPville flickr user Wayan Vota

Thanks to twitter user chelseydc for the heads up about this great event, August 21st.

“Beautification Day will be held this year on Saturday, August 21st, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This annual event was established in 2005 as a citywide “spruce up” of all DC public school buildings in preparation for the first day of school. Beautification efforts will include landscaping, trash pick-up, light painting, planting flowers, and other external beautification efforts. Volunteers and supplies are needed at over 100 schools.”

More info here.

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  • Just signed up.

  • Yummy – Will Max be there?

  • Why would I sign up for this after paying sky high taxes?

    Why would I sign up for this after paying taxes to “employ” kids to sit around (many in school buildings) for doing nothing?

    I’ve given out bookbags. I’ve cleaned up schools. On most occasions, the parents of the kids that attend the schools are never there. If they don’t care, why should I?

    • Don’t do it then. It’s not a big deal.

      It’s not the kids fault that the city is screwed up. No matter how crappy your parents are you deserve a shot at a normal life. I’m not going to condemn kids to peeling paint and unkempt grounds because the unions don’t want to get off their butts and do something useful. I will however vote against their candidates -every single time-.

      I agree, that it would be nice if DC’s youth employment program could actually generate some value though.

      • Completely tangential point, but this comment prompts a question: why don’t the summer youth employment kids have some sort of sweeps week to clean up the schools? I’d think they’d be much more respectful and protective of their school buildings if some of them actually had put in sweat equity on the premises.

        • Fantastic idea. Email the mayor or whatever councilman is in charge of school/youth employment oversight.

      • I completely agree with you, Ragged Dog (and have actually found myself saying that a lot lately while reading the comments). If kids have messed up or absent parents, they need a well-run school that much more.

        Also, in response to Anon, though I find it hard sometimes, I’d like to give at least some parents the benefit of the doubt. If you are lower-income, working in the service industry, without any paid time off, it’s going to be really hard to volunteer at your kids’ school. Even on a Saturday, because CVS, Giant, Target, and restaurants are open on weekends. I’m lucky that if I skip out of work for a few hours to volunteer at my son’s daycare, 1) my work can wait, 2) I can make up those hours later in the evening or another day, and 3) my employer doesn’t care as long as 1) and 2) are fulfilled. But most of this country doesn’t work jobs like that.

        Of course, there are parents who just don’t care. But there are some – or at least, I’d like to believe that there are some – who would really like to help out but are employed under conditions that just won’t allow it to happen.

    • I tried to think of a witty response, but I’m tired.

      I’ll just say if you feel this way, please stay home, because you’re not wanted. The rest of us will work towards a better society, and if/when we finally have one, hopefully you’ll again not be part of it.

      Captcha: sweep reality

      • Eh. There was an opportunity there to educate instead of scold. His/her points were valid.

      • It isn’t “working toward a better society” to let summer employment kids stand around doing nothing. We fail in our civic duty, and insult our youth when we let them stand around idle, in groups of 12-15, ostensibly picking up trash on one block. Why do you object to treating our youth with more respect and putting them to work on a real job – cleaning up the schools?

  • I have volunteered giving out bookbags. I have also cleaned up schools. I just don’t understand where all the money is going. I pay high taxes only to be asked to do the job that my taxes should cover.

    In my hometown, residents were never asked to paint the schools or help clean the school. Why is that seen as normal here?

    I find it hard to keep volunteering when no parents of the kids attending the school even bother to show up. If they don’t care, then why should I? I’m just tired of my money being pilfered with nothing to show for it.

    • yeah, but this city’s problems aren’t going to get sorted out in a year, but kids graduate every single year with either a good or a bad education.

      There’s enough energy and time to do both.

  • sigh,
    But isn’t it more sustainable if we improve the gov’t? It is the gov’t responsibility to be good stewards with our tax dollars. If they are not cleaning the schools, then we should hold them accountable instead of simply begging people to come out and do their job.

    If you want a better society, as you say, then a functioning responsible gov’t goes hand in hand with that. And so does better suited parents? Otherwise, you will forever be picking up trash without ever solving the problem.

    • Again, if you condemn someone’s kids because their parents are crap, then you get the same DC in 2030 that you have today and you had in 1980.

      If you actually want to make the city a better place to live, you have to break the bad habits of the older generation in the younger generation. It’s a chicken and egg question when you allow kids to matriculate without a decent education and then expect them to act with foresight and knowledge when they vote and live their lives as adults.

  • NON 2:20 –

    You are just so gross. Crawl back into your sad cave and stay there.

    It is called being a good citizen. Not everyone in this city has the wonderful life you have – thank god!

  • Hey I have done all the things you all say. And the poor in DC are no better off today than 10 years ago when I got here.

    I mentor a young man that can not read English. Yet, the mayor’s jobs program pays him to take Spanish II everyday at the high school at the intersection of Kansas & GA Ave. Is that Roosevelt. I just don’t see how this is helping.

    I am not being negative or anything. But long before we go out and pick up the trash that we pay the janitorial staff for, there should at least be room to debate if this is even helping the schools.

    • It’s not a problem if you don’t do this. If you’re tutoring a kid, then you’re doing 100% more than most of the folks who complain about DC social services being underfunded.

      Also, if you haven’t seen the progress in the past 10 years, I’m really surprised. I’ve seen amazing progress and it just seems to be going faster. It isn’t utopia, but at least things are moving in the right direction.

      The youth program is such a politically sensitive bomb that it isn’t really worth monkeying around with right now. You have to pick your battles and battle #1 is better teachers and #2 is school renovations. School renovations are happening, but they’re exceedingly expensive.

      • RaggedDog,
        I have been here 10 years. I have seen three boys come out of DC schools unable to read. All from the same household. Name the Chancellor. It hasn’t mattered.

        Cleaning up the schools will have little to no effect on that. Sure it makes you feel good. But there is either something wrong with DCPS, the students/parents or both. Furthermore, if taxpaying citizens being called to clean the schools is a factor in a child being crap or not, then I say things have terribly gone off track.

        I would love to see a comparison of DCPS maintenance budget compared to Fairfax. I would suspect that a lot of the broken toilets, holes in the wall, etc are due primarily to the students.

  • Yes, more Max please. Mama like.

  • It’s called volunteering. Giving back with your heart and your time and not just your dollar bills. If people really have a problem volunteering, then don’t go. That’s your choice. However your personal stance, you should not discourage people from giving back. Schools are in the current situation in this city because of actions of adults. Consequences of those actions should not be piggybacked on the backs of children.

    You would be surprised how one person’s small action can change the future of an individual child. No matter what anyone says, affecting one person’s life is better than not doing anything at all because you don’t think it will help.

    Keep going.

  • I’m signing up and bringing some friends.

    Glad to see these opportunities continue to be posted here!

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