Have you ever thought what your responsibility is for order and cleanliness in your school and your neighborhood? Do you ever do things at school that you would not do in your own home? Do you throw paper on the floor in your classrooms or in the corridors? Do you scatter paper along the streets on your way home from school? You would not do this in your own room because you would have to pick it up yourself. Who do you think should be responsible for taking care of it in other places?
Do you mark on the walls and furniture of your school buildings? Would you think it right for someone to come into your room at home and mark on the walls or scratch the furniture? What do you think is your responsibility in helping to keep the walls and furniture of your room in good condition? Every girl has a share of responsibility in keeping house at school just as she has at home.
A Housekeeping Project at School. - Discuss in class the things which you believe to be your share of housekeeping in your school. Make a list of things which every girl can do to keep good housekeeping standards in the corridors, the classrooms and the toilet rooms. Keep a record of the things that you do for the next two weeks and write a report about them.
Alleys and Backyards. - Your housekeeping duties do not end with your school or at the back door of your home. Is it not hard to believe that an untidy backyard can belong to a clean and orderly house? What do you think you can do to improve the conditions in your backyard and alley? Did you ever help in a Clean-Up-Week campaign? The modern housekeeper feels that it is her duty to see that garbage is properly disposed of, that ashes and other rubbish are carried away and that papers are not permitted to blow about.
Dust and Smoke in Your Community. - Why is it necessary to have more frequent cleaning and laundering of clothes and household furnishings in some communities than in others? The dust that pours into your home from dusty streets and roads and the smoke from chimneys and railroads cause endless cleaning and laundering. It is expensive not only in time and labor, but requires the additional expenditure of money to purchase new garments and furnishings oftener than is otherwise necessary. The thoughtful housekeeper makes it her business to see that smoke and dust nuisances are eliminated from her neighborhood. When all the housekeepers of a community join forces to control dust and smoke nuisances, they attack the housekeeping problem in the most effective way. Dusty streets can be oiled, thus preventing great quantities of dust from flying through the air. Smoke can also be controlled in various ways, for example, there are smoke-burning devices which factories can install. Is there any need in your community to have smoke better controlled? Do you know of any efforts by citizens in your community to control the smoke?
Mosquitoes. - Good housekeepers, of course, try to keep their houses free from flies and mosquitoes. They have screens made for their windows and continue to "swat the fly." But an intelligent housekeeper realizes that she can do something to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. A certain species of the mosquito carries the malarial germ and another species, now practically eradicated from the United States, carries the germ of the deadly yellow fever. They breed in stagnant water found in swamps, roadside ditches, rain barrels, ponds and old tin cans. The mosquito lays eggs on the surface of the water. Therefore, the important thing in preventing the breeding of mosquitoes is to drain off all stagnant water from ponds and other places, or if this is impossible to cover the water with kerosene oil about every two weeks.
1. Do you know any places in your neighborhood that may be breeding places for mosquitoes?
2. Do you know of any effort on the part of citizens to prevent mosquitoes from breeding?