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Can Clean-up

A student council felt that they needed to do something about the appearance of the bathrooms in their school. They decided to have a competition between various groups in the school to clean up their school bathrooms. The idea was presented and each club volunteered to pay for the refurbishing of a bathroom. One week a month, a bathroom would be shut down for the work to be done. The groups cleaned up the bathrooms by painting, putting up wall paper and borders, sponge painting, putting up new mirrors and soap dispensers, hanging fake plants from the ceiling, getting new toilet seats and doors, etc. In some bathrooms, a magazine rack was put in to hold donated magazines.

Other clubs were creative and had shop class students make shelves to set your books on while using the restroom. Art classes even volunteered to paint murals on the walls!! Since the students were the ones that cleaned up the bathrooms and put the effort into it, they wanted them to STAY CLEAN, so were less apt to destroy their hard work. When damage was done, it was that club’s responsibility to do the clean-up work in the bathroom each month (painting touch ups, etc.), but the normal bathroom cleaning was still done by janitors. At first, people had a hard time respecting the new bathrooms, but after a month of the many students yelling at them for ruining their work, damage stopped and the bathrooms became a much more pleasant place.

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