This is just a bunch of kids who have gotten together to do something right," says Ian Paget, 17, a junior at Prescott High School (PHS).
They gathered together solemnly under the lights at the high school. The conversation was subdued and quiet. There was no laughter on this warm, summer night amongst these students. This was a night for comfort and tears; for hugs and prayers.
Two-liter bottles partially filled with water were flying in the air as students on the other side of the field had the speed of their pitches clocked by a radar gun. Yet another group of students tried to run with 4 at a time inside a stretched out bicycle tube. When frisbees were tossed, the distance was measured; and several young teenagers tried to run the fastest in a 30-meter race. For the grand finale at the end, a tug-of-war was held, where teams competed against each other.
After a whole lot of wrangling in past meetings, the Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) school board voted unanimously to acquire an addtional 75 laptops for Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy. However, they did not vote to lease the computers, but to purchase them out of the proceeds from the Nature Center land sale. The total cost is expected to be close to $119,000.
So, why, in just the second week of school, are there sleeping bags, pillows and duffel bags lining the halls at Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy? And, why are these kids all excited about coming to school even though it's the middle of summer?
Each year, during the final days of Prescott High School's academic year, custodians and staff are astonished at what they find in the trash. Usually, it is of epic proportions, requiring the rental of an extra large dumpster.