Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda, October 2009
Editor's Note: Exhibit in the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda on Capitol Hill. The exhibit featured the finalists of the Through Your Lens National Photo Contest on School Facilities, a joint initiative between Critical Exposure, the 21st Century School Fund, and Healthy Schools Campaign.
I think the most important thing in our school is the memorial for all the Edison students who died in the Vietnam War. Edison has the most students who died in the war of any high school in the country, which is why we want as many college recruiters as there are military.
I took this photo to depict the state of despair that parts of our school are in. I hope that when others view 'Out of Order' it makes them think about how we feel when surrounded by visuals like the broken urinal. Although we are used to visuals such as this in our school, they affect our thoughts daily. We, the students of Sto-Rox High School, feel as though we do not deserve better. Therefore, we are less inclined to strive for better.
The students here at Sto-Rox can’t learn with missing pages, and writing throughout the books. I think it would be very helpful to teachers and students to get new textbooks. It’s time for the old textbooks to go.
The windows are broken and don’t have screens. Every student deserves to go to a high quality school because we are the future of the world. We deserve to come to school and not have to worry about the conditions we learn in. Our ceilings are falling in and in some classrooms there are too many students. I think every school should have the same funding. I hope you take a look at our photos and try to help us make a difference.
Ms. Driggin [or, as students call her, Ms. Drigg igg igg igg iggin] is my biology teacher. She is a driven teacher that is wonderful and kind. But due to the budget cuts, she has been force-transferred and won’t be at Olney [H.S.] next year.
The ceiling across from my locker is falling apart [and] leaking. This is a safety issue. The ceiling is like this all over the school. Editor's Note: Nikole describes a similar ceiling at Mansion HS: The mold on the ceilings can make students sick, not to mention it’s very gross looking.
A daily job as an electrician. We are now working on wiring panels switched motors from a live power source. Editor's Note: Teacher Blair Scott added: These are several different wiring methods that are used throughout the electrical engineering field. The electrical shop at Mastbaum is a positive thing at the school. In some shops no work is done. However, in the electrical shop it is hard to find a day when no work is being done.
The photo was to express the sadness of what looking out a window in Sto-Rox is like. Not only is the field in bad condition but the screen itself is torn. Seeing things like that puts a damper on the motivation to learn or even care about the school.