28 February 2012

Two Rivers PCS produces rubbish for the real two rivers

Biking home from the New York Avenue metro station yesterday evening, I noticed that every fence and gate on M Street NE was adorned with a lime-green flyer in a plastic bag. Many of them were already blowing down the sidewalk and into the gutter.

I stopped to pick one up and found it was a notice from Two Rivers Public Charter School to encourage people to apply to enroll their children in the school.

While I'm all for a local school reaching out to the neighborhood, Two Rivers could have been much less ham-fisted about it. They placed these flyers on the gates or doors of EVERY house I saw in Near Northeast and Trinidad on the way home.

Half these flyers (and the plastic bags they're in) are going to end up washing into the sewer. The flyers will disintegrate, but there's a good chance the plastic bags will end up in the Anacostia River, which I'm pretty sure is one of those "Two Rivers" that the school is named after.

Couldn't the school have done a more sophisticated job of outreach? Putting a flyer encouraging people to apply for a local school doesn't do much good if the people in that house are in their 80s, retired, and definitely without school-aged children. I'd have expected better from a school with a pretty stellar reputation.


  1. um, do these homes not have mail boxes? There is a place for documents to be delivered to an address, and it is not the front fence.

    Get it together 2 Rivers.

    1. I'm pretty certain that it is illegal for anyone other than the postal carrier to put something in the mailbox.

    2. Doug: That's true, but it certainly not illegal for the school to mail something to the mailbox.

  2. Right, of course. But clearly the logic was that it was cheaper and easier to go door to door. And to indiscriminately pass out fliers than do market research. Having no children, mine went straight into the recycling bin just like all the fast food fliers that come to my door.

  3. They did the same thing up in north Bloomingdale too. That's an incredible amount of waste.

  4. glad you wrote about this, because it made me kinda upset too... Another minor annoyance is that it's an indicator of houses that are vacant and/or people that are away - on our block there are still lots of houses that have them attached to the front gate, which after a few days says "HEY, COME ON IN, no one's home"


You can be curmudgeonly too, but let's try to be civil and constructive here, ok?