Students need a school that isn't falling apart

October 13, 2011

Our school, Holabird Academy, was built in 1955. We would like for it to be repaired. Our principal wanted to repair the air-conditioning so we could be cool in the warmer months. However, the electrical system could not handle all the power the air-conditioners required. The system overloaded and our electricity was out for three days.

Seventy percent of Baltimore City schools are in poor condition, according the American Civil Liberties Union. This problem is not specific to Holabird. Many other schools are in need of repairs. The ACLU says it will take $2.8 billion to fix all of the city schools.

It is important to have safe schools. The ceiling tiles fall, our outside doors are not secure, and our cafeteria is one of the hottest in the city. Going to a school that is in horrible condition makes us feel unwanted. Schools should be a place where people want to come and learn. Our school does not offer this.

We need to fix this problem. We need money from city, state and the federal government. We deserve better schools because we are the future of this city.

Bryan Figueroa, Dalisha Gholston, William Alt, Alex Madrigal, Feliciti Garner, Constance Cummings, Tyniera Rollins, Tyquan Taylor, Emmanuel Lanfranco, Emily Day, Rose Hershman, Di'Keria Sharp, Danijah Eady and Jeremiah Haskins, Baltimore

The writers are middle school students at Holabird Academy.

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