Letters to the Editor

Students need lockers to ease their heavy load

I attend Roosevelt High School and until now, I've been very pleased with the school. I recently transferred to Roosevelt from Bullard High School to be a part of Roosevelt's School of the Arts magnet program.

At the beginning of the year, I was surprised to see that there were no lockers for students. I have a very heavy class load and when I say heavy, I literally mean heavy: AP Biology, AP Language and Composition, AP U.S. History, Honors Trigonometry/Precalculus and French III, all needing their own binder, textbook and journal.

How is a student supposed to bring books to school and be prepared for class when, if we carry everything, it would weigh more than 35 pounds? There needs to be a safe place on campus for students to store books so they have them when needed.

It's outrageous that students are expected to carry all of these textbooks with them and are punished if they don't, yet our school does not provide us with a place to store these books. And our budget does not cover class sets of these books either. How are students supposed to learn if they cannot physically carry appropriate materials to class?

Ben LaMontagne-Schenck

Fresno

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