Advocate editorial board opinion: Organizing for change is the American way
By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Feb. 27, 2012 at 4:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 26, 2012 at 8:27 p.m.
We were intrigued when we heard the students at Austwell-Tivoli Junior High School had chosen to boycott the school lunches for a week. And we were encouraged when we saw how the boycott was carried out and how the administration responded to the decision.
The boycott was originally planned by the president of the seventh-grade class at a class meeting and began with 32 students.
Their goal was to get more variety in what is served in the cafeteria, as well as a salad option. But the students also just wanted a chance to make a change by making their voices heard. By Tuesday, only the second day of the week, all the school's students showed up with lunches from home. The students also sent a letter outlining their wishes to the administration.
We are impressed with this showing of initiative and an understanding of how to peacefully protest from such a young group. This is an example of students learning something in the classroom and putting it to practical use in their day-to-day lives, and we commend them for that.
The administration's reaction to this move by the student body was positive and encouraging. They recognized the respectful attitude of the students participating in the boycott and responded to their request with respect in kind. We see this as a good way to encourage the rising generation of leaders by showing them that they can make a difference and that the right approach will go a long way toward accomplishing their goals.
While the administration admits that their initial reaction was to defend their school, we applaud them for taking another look at the requests of the students and recognizing their efforts and intentions.
With leadership like this, we expect this will be a class of rising leaders who will know how to create a positive influence in the world around them.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.