There's a lot of voting here in Trenton lately. Today I voted in the primary. On the way to Hedgepeth-Williams, my polling place, I thought it might be fun to play "which one of these things doesn't belong" with Matthew, except he's not quite old enough for that game, and, very quickly it became obvious that there's more wrong than right with the grounds of the local school. Primarily, there's litter everywhere, but there's more than that. Now, I'm no saint: it is an effort to keep our property free of litter, and if we don't perform a litter patrol every 12 hours, it builds up, and most of it is courtesy of the kids walking to and from Hedgepeth-Williams. But, unlike the school, we don't have a staff, and we're just a couple of haters, not an institution.
Like I said, the litter caught my eye right away, but it's the type of litter that's really distressing. There was an empty box of condoms, right by the side entrance! A pillow top mattress. A wooden board. Some large stones. High weeds near the parking lot. Dead grass most everywhere else. There was fast food and junk food debris scattered everywhere. My toddler and I had to step out of the way of a middle school boy running out of a vehicle with a gigantic, full, McDonald's bag, into the school. There was also an abandoned scooter, and a dead crow. Crows are scavengers and are likely drawn to the school by the volume of trash surrounding it, and possibly the misery within it, but is anyone still worried about West Nile?'
I'm sure kids are taught to litter at home. But perhaps if the city enforced its ordinances, the school wouldn't look so bad. Here are some photos. They really don't do the mess justice.