An issue that is starting to gain more attention is school condition. When school condition isn’t well maintained it can interfere with education. This is a problem because students can be distracted by the interior or the exterior of the school. School Beautification can also affect how new students choose a school to attend. If the school looks unprofessional or old, people are less likely to send their children to that particular school. However, if the school looks peaceful and shows signs of honesty and trust, people will have a positive outlook on that school.
Currently our school shows examples of school beautification within; a wall mural outside the cafeteria, cleaning the school on a daily basis, and maintaining the football field in a somewhat good way. Some specific items are school needs include; a renovated outdoor basketball court (Repaint Baselines/Sidelines, fix the mascot on the fence, put a school spirited graffiti image on the halfcourt), put a mural on the brick wall near carpool and in the performing arts hallway, and plant a garden in an open grass area.
We are interested in this issue for many reasons. The interior/exterior view of a school can give a whole new perspective. More students will be enthusiastic about attending school on a daily basis. We as a group, believe that there are many possible methods to make our school a better place for all grades and individuals. Our community should care about school beautification for many important reasons. If a building is well maintained and looks nice, it is more probable that more students will attend the school. In our specific case, if more kids attend Martin, the businesses around the area such as; Bruegger's Bagels, Chick Fil A, and the Crabtree Valley Mall, are more likely to drag customers from our school.
In order to build a proper educative environment it is important to look professional at first sight. Mainly because new 5th graders that are on their way to graduate, and attend our school, care about those small, but major things.
School beautification is important because; it encourages rising 6th graders to pick our school, help us to focus in class more, and the school looks more professional from a visual view.
School beautification is a big deal in our community. We want our schools to reflect positive things about our community. If our schools aren't clean, it can affect the way people view our school, and kids that go to the school. This has been a problem in many communities around the world for a long time and we need to start respecting and cleaning our schools. We need to show off our communities in a good way by cleaning our schools and making them look more inviting.
This is a problem in our community because many kids learn better in a good, and clean environment. If the school looks run down, or not well maintained, kids won't want to go and their parents probably won't want to send them. The way schools look also reflects on what people think about our community, and if people see a school that's not clean or nice looking, it will show them that our community isn't a nice, clean place. Companies that are trying to move employees here won't want to come if the community isn't nice. If we take the time to beautify our schools, more people will want to come to our schools.
There is one problem though, budget cuts. We don't have enough money to get all the supplies to beautify our schools. It costs a lot of money to add or clean things in our school. we don't have the time, the money,or even enough people. We need to get the whole school to work together to beautify our schools. We only get certain amounts of money to clean our school.
One of the solutions is a School Beautification day. Many other Wake County schools have already implanted a day for School Beautification. Athens Drive has developed a seven year landscaping improvement plan that they have been working on since 2013, along with that, they have also painted a mural with in their school. Lake Wylie Elementary school has also had a garden made (with help from The Mecklenburg Farm Bureau) and they also made a tree planting day were they planted tons of trees around the campus.
Gardens are another way to spruce up a school. Gardens make a school look lively and healthy , Other schools have made gardens for teaching classes, for food and for butterfly migration. School gardens can also help with other causes too, the Mitchell Math and Science Academy in South Carolina had harvested 400 sweet potatoes then served to the students at the academy. Walker Jones Education Campus has built a garden for the public to see, making the school look beautiful to the public.
There are organizations that encourage schools and give grants to schools for School Beautification. American in Bloom lists plenty of grants for all kinds of gardens, public art, and tree planting. Artspace encourages school public art and NC State encourages school gardens. Overall, it's more of big organizations supporting school beautification and we need to keep supporting school beautification.
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My name is Taylor Sine, I'm a 8th grader at Martin Middle School.