Ruskin gets an Update: Groundbreaking

by Alesia DavisEE Managing Editor

Photos by Naysha Boyd

img_9439Construction workers began digging up dirt on the west side of Ruskin. Due to the district’s $19 million (no tax increase) bond, Ruskin will be receiving a Project Lead The Way classroom, a new computer lab, new art room, as well as a science lab. Ruskin will also gain a renovated weight & locker room which will be on the east end of the building. Other improvements such as site and roof improvements, restroom renovations and interior painting, have already occurred over the summer.

Groundbreaking

by Brandon Holley-Nelson and Angel Hudson

Photos by Malcolm Murphy

It’s been years since Ruskin High School’s athletic programs have been rewarded with new equipment. Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 athletes from the football and basketball team were awarded with the opportunity to attend the ceremony for the boys new locker and weight room. With the change within the school’s athletic program it really brought thoughts to some of the athletes. This opportunity definitely boosted the confidence of junior Bill Dudley, a player for Ruskin’s football team.

“It gave me more of an opportunity to succeed and become better as a player so that really rose my confidence,” Dudley said.

Students witnessed the transformation although the change was slowly coming together.

“It was nice, because the weight room and locker room are the newest up to date things in the school and to show our athletes being rewarded meant a lot,” sophomore Ishyia Briscoe said.

Senior Lajai Ivy also had positive thoughts on the new change.

“It made me see Ruskin now has more motivation to be great next year,” Ivy said.

This is a chance to increase the work ethic and dedication aer seeing benecial change.

“Now we have a way to work harder and keep going hard knowing once we do good it’ll all pay off,” Dudley said.

Not only does this benefit Ruskin’s physically athletic sports along with other athletes but now the Ruskin Eagle’s dance team can benefit from it and increase their work ethic as well.

“Now we finally have somewhere to dance with the new beneficial space provided for us,” Ivy said.

The ceremony was an emotional event for staff, alumni, students and administrators.

“ The most effective part of the ceremony was when superintendent Dr. Carpenter cried, because I felt where he was coming from while talking and felt the vibe of the joyful touchy emotions,” Briscoe said.