02 March 2013

Irony: litter from Two Rivers PCS on its way to the Anacostia

I guess it's that time - the yearly litter bomb from Two Rivers Public Charter School.

Nearly a year ago to the day, I wrote about this school's lazy attempt at neighborhood outreach. They've printed the exact same flyer, on different colored paper, with updated dates, and done the same thing - hanging it on the fence of every house in the neighborhood.

Same thoughts as last year - couldn't they have procured a database of some sort so they know which homes actually have school-aged children? The vacant homes on the block aren't going to send to many children to any school. Same goes for the houses with retirees and those with DINKs.

Unfortunately, there was a pretty good breeze today, and many of the flyers blew off the fences and into the streets and gutters. Here are a few photos from our street.

Irony? Flyer from "Two Rivers"about to go down the drain toward one of those rivers.

They gave us three flyers this year. I guess one wasn't enough?

I could take a dozen more pictures of the treeboxes and gutters of our neighborhood, but I believe the point is clear enough. I wonder if teachers teachers at Two Rivers could take their students out for a real-world lesson about stewardship of our natural resources and how good neighbors aren't litterbugs.


  1. I agree this is especially disappointing since this also happened in 2012. Did you send the school a link to your post? Their website lists emails of people who should be interested/concerned about the waste.

  2. You have no idea how much work goes into outreach for a school. First, what you are asking them to do costs tons of money. Unless you are willing to write a check for the database to be constructed, your complaining is pointless. Second, word of mouth is the best way to bring in new children, neighborhood children, to a school. You may not have children but you may have friends who are looking, or know people who are new to the city and new to the neighborhood. The idea is to reach as many different people as possible and that is the hope with their fliers I'm sure. Also, why would you like them to recreate the wheel? If the basic information hasn't changed, then changing the dates and putting it on colorful paper would seem to make sense. I don't do outreach for this school but I can see why they do things the way they do. Maybe you ought to spend some time volunteering and understanding what school do. I'm sure they would be happy to have you create a neighborhood database for free of all the homes with children.


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