Students propose improvements to WJ


Jack Linde, staff writer

Many students at WJ feel that certain things are in need of changing, but people lack the motivation to actually address the problems they have with the school. And so, problems remain problems. If things are changed, people may like the school more and thus have a better overall experience here.

One of the main topics a lot of people are concerned about is the school’s toilet paper. In the bathroom, the toilet paper is very hard and at times irritating. If this issue could be fixed, people may be able to enjoy school more. One student presented a different stance on the issue.

“Sometimes there isn’t toilet paper [in the bathrooms]. It shouldn’t be that hard to have toilet paper,” junior Kene Nwankwo said.

Nwankwo states an important point, but another student had a complaint that is related.

“I don’t really care about the toilet paper issue, but what I really care about is the paper towel issue. There are literally no paper towels in the school. The only thing they have is these blow-dryers that don’t even work. We need paper towels and I get it, whatever, they’re trying to save the trees or whatever that is, but the blow-dryers actually just spread germs so let’s just get some paper towels to dry our hands,” freshman Thomas Wolfson said.

Many students seek to make their grades the best they can be. Nwankwo offered something that could be added to the school to help achieve this.

“[I think there should be] more study groups after school. I think that people would like groups that you could study with. Right now, you have to make your own study group with your friends,” Nwankwo said.

A student just one grade lower than Nwankwo, sophomore Jacob Sullivan, commented on fixing something more academically related.

“We should get RQA’s out of here,” Sullivan said.

Another sophomore, Ian Rees, discussed a problem that is more related to student athletes, particularly those that play on a non-turf field.

“I think there could be improvements with the geese. [Also] other teams should stop playing on the [baseball] outfield grass. It’s very dangerous to the sanitation of the students. [The grass] can hurt the team, with all the divots,” Rees said.

The ride to and from school should be a quick ride so students can start their homework or take a break right after school. However, with such challenges as increasingly large school districts, this can be difficult to achieve.

“Some of the routes are really long. My bus stop takes 20 minutes to get home and it goes on a weird path,” Nwankwo said.