Today I went to a local elementary school to help fill planter boxes that our outreach group built as a community project. The principal wanted us to construct the boxes, line them with plastic, and then fill them with dirt. The students will choose what plants go inside them and plant them as a project to make the school more visually appealing.
This is beautifying project is ‘the standard’ the principal wants to set as an example of excellence. And you can see this standard throughout the school. A previous project was painting the doors. A future project will be constructing a ‘river of rocks’ made from stones that the students painted. And then there’s the never ending pursuit of stopping vandalism and keeping the school clean.
According to the principal, too many students come from homes that do not have standards of cleanliness and respect for property. So she‘s taken it upon herself to not only to teach academics at her school, but also teach the value of keeping the school grounds clean a beautiful. As she’s says, “You don’t need to have a lot of money to just be neat and clean.” In other words, respect for where you live, work and play is not based on economic status. But on how much you choose to make it a priority.
I couldn’t agree more!