Friday, October 2, 2009

Welcome to Burlington High - A Tradition Becomes A Growing Eyesore

I look forward to driving into BHS each morning and feel fortunate to work in a school with such fine students and a tremendous staff. In fact, I look forward to talking about the endless list of exciting things happening at BHS which is only possible because of the great community support complemented by great kids (from nurturing homes) and a dedicated staff.

However, I wonder about the people that drive by BHS on Cambridge St. or drive into our facility to drop someone off or pick someone up. I also wonder about someone that spends just a little time here and never really gets a sense of our fine school.

What do these people think of our school, our students, etc... when all they see is a pile of trash (styrofoam cups) that is routinely present?

I have to admit that I thought that the tradition of putting messages up on the fence to wish athletic teams luck and to send Happy Birthday messages was unique. But lately it has been nothing more than a headache.

Maybe it's time to start a new tradition?

7 comments:

  1. the cups that you see on the ground were because someone thought if funny to destroy something that the football players and cheerleaders work very hard at doing. I know that the football cheerleaders take the cups down EVERY FRIDAY before the game and when they leave there are no cups on the ground that goes for the Thursday night before the game. It is a tradition that need to continue to show school spirit. That is just my opion

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  2. What about whiteboards? If people are concerned with foam cups being an environmental problem, and the school looking like an unpleasant thing to see in the morning, I figured hanging up whiteboards on the fence could work. Of course, people who go to the fence would probably have to go out and provide their own markers and erasers, but it eliminates having to see the high amount of foam cups on the ground every school day.

    Then again, there is the scare of loitered markers being on the ground in place of the foam cups.

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  3. I agree the cups are trashy, but the kids do need to communicate their school spirit and best wishes. How about a sign such as what they have at the entrance to the mall? The only problem is who will pay for it . . .

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  4. This tradition has been a part of Burlington High School for a VERY long time. It should stay that way. It's not fair if it was changed for the underclassmen not to do the fence as Seniors. Also the cheerleaders do take down the cups.

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  5. Why does everything need to change ? This is a good tradition that is not hurting anyone and should continue. Let the kids keep their cups!

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  6. Hi - I am just a random passer-by from Arlington, and I actually enjoy the cup-signs. It shows spirit, and the area is usually quite clean. It's creative!

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  7. it is a cute tradition but the kids should search their conscience and figure out if is should be honorably retired due to environmental concerns. the styrofoam or similar material lasts a long time and creates demand for petroleum, the most likely source material, thereby contributing in some small way to the planet's biggest environmental pollutant

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