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Discover what time forgot -- in students' lockers

June 03, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

o School's out for WCPS students

WILLIAMSPORT -- It's amazing how much will fit in a space about 3 feet high and 8 inches wide.

Students at Springfield Middle School found that out this week when they cleaned out their lockers in preparation for Wednesday's last day of school.

Some of the lockers were stuffed to capacity and hadn't been cleaned since earlier in the year, students said.

Students spent a portion of Monday afternoon digging through their lockers, discovering the sweat shirt they hadn't worn since December, the book reported missing in class and even the unopened carton of milk long forgotten.

Alexis Harvey, a Springfield Middle School sixth-grader, said she had not cleaned her locker since transferring to the school in November from E. Russell Hicks -- and it showed.

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Alexis described her locker as a "mini mall," filled with hats, scarves, and five purses and bags she used Monday to carry home her locker's contents.

"I'm a messy child," she said.

Colby Byers' locker was three-quarters full when he opened it Monday afternoon -- packed tightly with sweat shirts and loose paper. At the bottom was the pencil for which he had been searching for months.

Much of the space in the sixth-grader's locker was consumed by sweat shirts.

"Because I put them in there in the morning because I get hot," Colby said. "And when school is over, I forget about them and go home."

Springfield Middle School Principal Jennifer Ruppenthal said students could recycle, throw away or donate items in their lockers they did not want.

Students were instructed where to put recyclables, such as paper and aluminum, and trash bags were stationed near lockers for items that could not be recycled.

Ruppenthal said many students find clothing, school supplies and other items in their lockers they don't want. Those items are stored at the school and distributed to needy students throughout the next school year.

Despite the condition of some lockers, other students said they take pride in keeping them tidy. Grace Albritton, a Springfield Middle School sixth-grader, said she keeps loose paper organized in folders in her locker.

Austin Coulter, a sixth-grader, said he makes sure he keeps his locker organized.

"When I'm not organized, I get bad grades," he said.

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