SARASOTA, FL — With federal funding for a summer work program for teenagers eliminated, the Manatee County School District
found a way to give more than 40 teenagers a job: Cleaning schools, according to the Herald Tribune.
The program teaches responsibility but also has an academic component and requires students to promise to live their lives a certain way: They must sign a pledge that they will graduate from high school, marry before having a child and remain crime- and drug-free, the article stated.
According to the article, more than 200 students applied for the school cleaning jobs through Educational Consultants Consortium
, a nonprofit group founded by Manatee County School Board
member Barbara Harvey.
The workers face a daunting task list: Every classroom at Palmetto High School
had to be emptied of furniture, the floors swept and mopped, the windows and blinds washed and air-conditioning ducts and light fixtures cleaned, the article noted.