Students and teachers at Butler High School pulled on rubber gloves, grabbed trash bags and set about cleaning up their campus grounds Saturday.
For the seventh year, automotive teacher Oscar Williams organized the effort, asking student volunteers to spend one Saturday morning picking up trash.
“Once we do that, I fire up the grill and let them eat until they get full and send them home,” he said with a laugh.
He said usually about 15 students turn out to help. Saturday morning, about a half-dozen students and teachers came out.
“I know they’re giving up a lot on Saturday morning, but it’s for a good cause,” he said.
Williams said he got the idea to organize a cleanup day in 2007, after searching for a way to make an impact on the school. He asked the students to help.
Junior Quanda Merriweather said her math teacher, Karen Williams, encouraged her and her classmates to come out.
“Look at our school,” Merriweather said. “How are you going to have school spirit if it looks like this?”
Jason Grace also came out at Karen Williams’ bidding. He said he wanted to help out and enjoys doing things for the school.
He said he would have liked to see more of his classmates participate.
“There’s a lot of potential at Butler, it’s just that people don’t come out and try to help,” he said. “They want to; they just don’t want to get out of bed.”
Karen Williams has been teaching math at the school for two years, but this is the first time she’s joined the cleanup effort. She said she encouraged her students to help because it gives them ownership in the appearance of the property and shows that they care.
“And hopefully it encourages other students,” she said. “I’m hoping when students come back on Monday they’ll notice a difference and just be more cognizant of what they’re doing as far as dropping something and maybe not taking the time to pick it up.”