Councilman's Gift Will Allow School to Remodel Locker Rooms
By Dimon King, Junior Writer
Hillcrest High School received a donation by Councilman Lancman for $500k for the remodeling of Hillcrest locker rooms.
According to Principal Morrison, Assistant Principal of History Mr. Cubero and History teacher Mr. Malik, the first time the conversation came about the school needing remodeling was around winter break when the Councilman came to the school. Mr. Malik’s Government students were able to talk to him and ask him questions about how they can get in his field. While talking to him, they brought up the question as to what he would do to help the school, and the answer he gave was the donation that we will gratefully receive.
Mr. Malik was pleasantly surprised at the Councilman’s generosity. “In the beginning, I didn’t know anything about the money as I didn’t [have him speak] to get the school funded. I didn’t even know that we needed new lockers.” Mr. Malik just wanted the Councilman to talk to his class about how the government works.
He further elaborated on how the topic of funding came about. “When I told the A.P Mr. Cubero, the principal and everyone, they all said ‘try to talk to them about money for the school.’ That’s how money came about.” Mr. Malik’s motivation behind going through with the interview was in part that he is a graduate of Hillcrest and everything that benefits the school and the students, bolsters his own happiness.
Mr. Cubero, a Hillcrest graduate, recalls the condition of the school lockers when he was a student. The realization came about when Assistant Principal of Science Mr. Ricaurte and Mr. Cubero were walking through the locker room and noticed the horrible condition of the lockers. The two APs were both graduates of Hillcrest, and it dawned on them that the locker rooms were in the same condition as when they were students in Hillcrest nearly 20 years ago. With this as a concern, he went to talk to other Hillcrest alumni teachers and staff members and came to the consensus that the room needed to be fixed.
There are many problems in the locker room. Some lockers won’t open, others are broken entirely, some locker mechanisms won't work, and others are rusted. Everything in the school but the locker rooms have been refurbished in the last ten years. “So we started reaching out to people who would be able to help us.” Mr. Malik was able to get the help of the councilman.
Mr. Cubero commends Mr. Malik’s efforts to help the school. “As an Assistant Principal, I never invited someone like that here, but he has. He was the first real teacher to invite a political leader of the city. Not only did he have love for the school, but also he was able to do something.”
Mr. Morrison has begun to work on using the money efficiently. There will be a meeting with the design team in order to decide on what the new locker rooms will look like and how the money will be spent. However, they have to try and get the most out of the money we will be receiving. Mr. Morrison cautions that “half-a-million may sound like a lot but when it comes down to it, when spent unwisely the amount [of cash] goes down fast.”
The task to have the lockers redone is slowly getting started, and it’s coming together nicely. All it took for the ball to start rolling is the heart of those who care deeply about others. For the past is coming to the rescue, to help the present and future children attending this school in enjoying their time as much as they have and maybe even more.
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