Written by Eduardo Hernandez
People tend to have pride in organizations that they are part of. Here at CMHS that is especially true. During such events as Battle of the Bell, homecoming, or any other sports event you will find countless posters promoting the event. While most of the school has plenty of school pride, there are those who do not want to see posters or fliers of any type. While I do not disdain them or dismiss their beliefs entirely, I do believe there should be posters at our school.
It is a fact that certain people put an extraordinary amount of time into decorating the school with these posters that some people complain about. I would like to see the complainers wake up when there isn't a ray of sunshine out and come to school at 4 AM to decorate, like the cheerleaders did the day of Battle of the Bell. I say only this because it seems that most of the people who are against school spirit advertisement are those who do not care much about our school and don’t put in the time to contribute to it. If these people aren't willing to take the initiative to do something that is beneficial for the community then they shouldn't be pressing down on those who do put in the effort.
Secondly: when has every single student at CMHS had every single event of the year memorized? I think it’s safe to say that the posters help a large portion of the students know when and where events such as class dinners are. If there was a way to contact everyone through a microchip installed in our brains, that would be great, but to my knowledge that technology doesn’t exist. That’s what posters are for. Not everyone has a Facebook either, so posters are our best bet. It would be sad, but a bit humorous, if very few kids showed up to events merely because they were not aware of them.
Granted, the posters and fliers do make a mess every time but unless you haven’t noticed you will always find a responsible student or staff member that will take the responsibility to clean it up. In my six years of experience at Costa Mesa High School and Middle School, the mess tends to be caused by students who have no respect for the people who make the posters and put the work into promoting the school’s spirit.
During a much darker era in our nation’s history, a wise man by the name of Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “A man that will not die for something is a man that is not fit to live.” Now while the quote is a bit extreme for this case, the message is still the same: if you are not willing to take do a small task for something, something as small and simple as your own school, then what shall you do anything for?
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