Liliana Venditti ‘17 – Spring is here and students are jumping at the first chance they get to go outdoors. Being trapped in a building all day can make any student feel as if they are about to go insane. Of course, during lunch students are able to go outside the front of the school, by the bus loop. Believe it or not, RHS is actually filled with beautiful scenery, too bad no one knows it.

If a student were to walk out the forbidden doors into the courtyard they would soon be immersed in over grown bushes, trees and actual nature. How great would it be if we cleaned the area up, planted some veggies, pretty flowers, and put some benches out there, allowing an outdoor lunch without leaving campus?

“I think we should be able to use the courtyard because it was put there for a reason. It is just sitting there when we could be using it for classes and lunch,” said Danielle Poli ‘17.

Besides, there are biology classes, which teach about the study of living things like plants and animals. So, it would make sense that the biology classes would benefit from going outside to view living things in real life, instead of an image from a Google search. If teachers found a way to incorporate the use of the courtyard, students would most likely be more engaged because of the hands on aspect.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Mr. Rienas said, “Anytime that students can interact with the outdoors is a great thing. It’s as good as any other resource, like a textbook or a teacher. Besides it’s not used for a whole lot right now anyways.”

Allowing students to use to courtyard would not only benefit the science classes, but also the health classes. Health classes could teach students the benefits of healthy eating by learning how to harvest their own fruits and vegetables from RHS’s own garden. Students could have real homegrown food and a sense of actually knowing where their food comes from, all the while learning hands on how gardening and fresh air can lead to a healthy lifestyle.

“I think it would be beneficial because we’re locked in school for seven or eight hours,” Hailey Ruehlen ‘18 said. “It’s a place for us to go rather than sitting in a bringing library or crowded cafeteria.”

Needless to say the courtyard is sitting there, vacant and uncared for, when it has the potential benefit the school. Classes could have valuable hands on experiences, while caring for the outside area, creating a stunning environment for students to escape to during lunch instead of the cafeteria, library or smelly gym.


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