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Students Plan to Solve Local Issues

Every week, our Week in Rap Shout Out Contest gives students an opportunity to win a shout out for their school in the next Week in Rap. Last week, we asked you to consider an issue facing your school, neighborhood, or town and create a multi-step action plan to solve the issue.

The win this week goes to Fairmont High School in Kettering, OH. Students submitted several plans in response to a range of issues, including homelessness, drug use, drunk driving, bullying, and poverty. One of the many thoughtful submissions was this one from Cheyenne and Sammi on the issue of sleep deprivation in students:

A current issue at Kettering Fairmont High school is that many teenagers show up to school with a lack of sleep. Students will typically doze off in class because the night before they will typically stay up late; some doing school work, others are talking to friends, they may have sports after school, the list is endless to why many teens may stay up late. This causes many students to lack the ability to focus on their school work and even fall asleep in class. Teens have many problems and work to do in and outside of school so their main priority isn’t usually how much sleep they get before they have to go to school the next morning.


  • Kettering could move back the time the high school starts so that many teens will get enough sleep and they won’t have to wake up as early as they use to.
  • Teachers could spread out the amount of homework they give so that teens are not up all night doing homework.
  • Make it so we have a longer lunch or make it mandatory that teens always have a study hall so that teens can either catch up on their sleep or work on their homework so they have extra time at home to relax, sleep, or finish your homework.


  1. We could bring this issue up to the board of education and present this plan to them in a convincing matter to try and convince them to change the starting time of school.
  2. We could get many students to sign a petition on whether or not they agree with this plan to solve the issue. Based off of whether or not the students agree or disagree with us we may be able to take this issue to the next level by protesting and having many students not show up to school to protest this issue.
  3. We could get many parents to submit a sentence or a paragraph as to why their teen stays up late at night to prove that many people have different problems additional to in school projects and assignments.

Congratulations to Fairmont High School and thank you for all of your submissions!

We also wanted to share this entry from Elaina, a student at Caddo Mills Middle School in Caddo Mills, TX. Elaina came up with a very practical and achievable plan to spruce up her town’s little league fields.

There are many issues that could use improving in my town, Caddo Mills. You see we are a small little town about an hour away from Dallas, TX. An issue that really sticks out to me is our little league fields. They need improvement very badly! The bathrooms need repairing, bleachers are unsturdy, the fences are unpainted. Other teams see us as very random.

I have a plan though that I would love to share with Flocabulary. Since everyone in our town cares about sports, we could have a BIG fundraiser and incite the whole town to attend. There would be a lot of food, fun, and games. Our teams could even play against each other just for fun. After the fundraiser, which I know would be a big hit, we could get to work. Any one who wants to volunteer can and day by day we could renovate. We would need to repair the bathroom toilets and maybe even replace the cracking concrete floors. Others could paint all of the fences while others repair bleachers. Lastly, with any extra money, we could buy new sports equipment from pom poms to soccer balls. I know for a fact that every single kid would be very grateful for all the renovations. Our community would truthfully enjoy the renovations as they need to be done. At the end of the day, we are just grateful to live in such a great town!

Thank you to everyone who shared their plans with us this week! Don’t forget to enter this Friday’s Week In Rap Shout-Out Contest for a chance to win a shout out next Friday.