Declaration of Rejuvenation
From the front of the school, it looks like the students who used to go to Roosevelt would have a sense of pride. Students now, we should feel the same way about entering our front door. But we don’t. Now we don't even enter the front door. If we did, it would make us feel better about our school. Students don't even see this [entrance], so you don't get the confidence. Looking at it, it's all rusted and stuff. When we talk to alumni or people from the city, they say, 'You go to Roosevelt? That's cool,' but it means different things to us, because our facilities are bringing us down. Looking at it, you can only imagine how great it used to be. Your environment affects you. We are at school more than we are at home. It's like where you live -- if our houses are in good condition, why can't our school be in decent condition? I think more people would want to come here if it was a better facility. Just because we don't have good facilities doesn't mean we don't have good teachers. We do have a good support system, and I take advantage of every opportunity that's given to me. The teachers that I've had since I've been here -- 99% of them, they saw something in me. They didn't give up on me. Even when I was going through my personal issues or whatever, they stuck by me. And they made sure I got myself together and didn't fall off track. With the college & career center, they help us a lot. Just because the building is run down doesn't mean the teachers or staff are run down. I know it's hard for them to come through the back door every day as well, but they put that aside. Some teachers deal with it -- they try to make education better for us, and they do everything they can. Some people might say, 'I can't work here,' but our teachers buy fans, seal windows, do the best they can to make learning comfortable for us and to encourage us. They might have their opinions about the building too, but they're there for us. This is the high school for the area. For many of the students here we have no place else to go. Because I come to school and I do what I have to do, I don't let the facilities get in my way of an education. Yeah, I spent 4 years here, but I don't have to spend the rest of my life here. Just because the facilities are bad doesn't mean a student doesn't have to make the best decisions for themselves. If you have the teachers that I've had, you can put that aside. Sometimes I just come to school to talk to my teachers or get advice on college. When I had to send off letters for college financial aid, I knew there are people at Roosevelt who have answers to my questions. I think if we had better facilities to coincide with the great staff members -- not only teachers but advisors and counselors also -- enrollment would shoot up. There's nothing wrong with the teachers and the students are still good, it's just the facilities and the building that need rejuvenation. If the physical state of the building could match the commitment of the students and staff, to go along with the greatness that's already happening inside, then Roosevelt could become a well-rounded educational environment.