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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Sep 23, 2009

Well, along with a new middle school we have a newly remodeled North Roosevelt, Demoney and Estherville Lincoln Central High School building.

And we still have the toilet paper in the trees.

Admittedly, it’s probably a longstanding academic tradition as old as the stylus tablets that Plato’s students used. However, it’s still disgusting.

Someone even had the temerity to TP the trees at the Emmet County Law Center.

What students need to realize is that the TP tradition is not only a statement about their vandalism. It also makes a statement about them. Just imagine a new family that is considering moving to Estherville with their 16-year-old daughter or son in the car driving past ELC High School. What sort of message does that send. What sort of “Midget pride” does that imply.

Hopefully, someone can dream up a better tradition than TPing.

How about having each class find a senior citizen whose home is in desperate need of painting and doing the job for them. They could have a contest with before and after pictures, and the class that did the best job could win a prize.

Or maybe the high-school students could “adopt a buddy” during homecoming week and find an elementary student whose class they could attend for show and tell time.

Or maybe they could adopt a senior at the Estherville Good Samaritan Society or Rosewood Manor, grill up some burgers and listen to some of the fascinating stories the residents have to tell.

Or maybe they could canvass the community, gathering canned good for the Emmet County food pantry. An awful lot of food could be gathered in a couple short hours.

These are only a few ideas of how students could use their time much better.