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Do you remember — pounding erasers?

June 2, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
In our small country elementary school, we didn’t have a janitor — us kids were the janitor!

I remember gathering up all the erasers in the classroom, taking them outside and pounding them together until no more chalk dust came out. We also had to take turns sweeping the aisles with those old brooms that were like two feet wide. Then we moved the desks and swept where the desks had been.

Do kids these days understand simple maintenance like that?

Granted, chalkboards have gone the way of the dinosaur with all the SMARTBoards, but the floors still need to be swept. Nowadays, custodians do all the maintenance while the kids just assume the cleaning fairies will take care of everything.

I don’t think it would hurt today’s kids to have some simple chores to do around school and if they knew they had to clean it up, they might take better care of it.


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