Idling on School Grounds

Newton South student Sophie Lewis wrote an article about how “illegal idling on school grounds is a popular morning habit among students, prompting environmental concerns”.  The piece was published in the December 2019 issue of  The Lion’s Roar, the student newspaper of Newton South High School. Below are short excerpts. Please read the full article on pages 12-13.

Car Craze

By Sophie Lewis

“There are 32 parking spots on Brandeis Road that fill up by about 7:15 a.m. While a few students choose to enter the building, most remain in their cars with the engine still running until the bell is about to ring. Some use this time to eat breakfast, others put their seats back and fall back asleep. The habit of leaving a car on while it’s not in motion, or idling, on Brandeis Road isn’t anything new. ”

“Sustainability teacher Andrew Thompson is working with seniors in his classes to think of ‘out-of-the-box’ solutions to incentivize green transportation. He’s interested in providing wellness credits for students who bike to school or creating a shuttle service between South and Newton Centre during lunch so students won’t need to drive their own cars.”

Photos by Netta Dror

Please read the full article on pages 12-13