BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Tuesday, March 22nd, school ended for the day, but an army of students stayed and targeted their campus for beautification.
English teacher Stacy Addison had suggested they choose a motivational statement, something powerful to inspire the work team. They decided to change their learning "environment".
They created a poster for the wall. Under the heading "Hornet Pride" They posted two quotes. One was from Architect Richard Rogers, "The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved."
Students read the quote, then moved to the other one, from Earl Nightingale, a radio personality and writer: "Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations."
Students lined up to sign their name to the wall under the heading, "I Read, I Signed, I Was Here."
They then set out to attack the ugly they saw on the Scotlandville Campus.
Someone had brought a tree. The kids felt it should be planted to honor their former principal Howard Davis.
When all the litter detail, the scrub and clean crew, the landscape team all turned in their tools and supplies, teacher Stacy Addison was proud.
"Our campus beautification project was a great success!" Addison later wrote on her Facebook page. "Nearly 70 students stayed to clean up the campus! When we were done, and I heard my babies say 'This feels so good! Doing something good!' made it worth the effort!"
EBR School Superintendent Warren Drake apparently heard of the project and appeared on campus to congratulate everyone. Addison said that visit by the super "was icing on the cake".