John Hopkins students: "It's up to us" to make school better
From an editorial in the John Hopkins Middle School newspaper, the J.Hop Times, which was re-run today in the St. Petersburg Times:
In the old days, John Hopkins used to be recognized for our award-winning newspaper, superior music programs, outstanding artwork and Broadway-bound drama students. Lately, we have been known for the outbreak of fights and high number of arrests. The media and community view us as "bad kids." But the truth is only a few "bad" students are weighing down the good. It's up to us if we want to save our reputation. It's now or never ...
Though there are many positives, we can't ignore the negative things going on. The students here need to step it up. Let's get our reputation back by doing the little things that can make a big difference. That means getting to class on time, helping staff, being more civilized and stopping arguing with each other. Every student has the potential to make this happen. Now is the time to clean up our act. If we want to change this campus we are going to need a lot of help; but it starts with me and you.
Read full editorial here.