YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Youngstown woman is trying to make the path for students walking to East High School safer.
Cheryl Kelly, an East High alum, said East High Hill and Ella Road remain in disrepair, despite several attempts at cleanup.
When Kelly walked down the two roads — which are the most common walkways for East High students — she said she noticed tons of debris, including glass, tires and overgrown bushes.
Kelly says the overgrowth– paired with dangerous debris– forces kids to walk in the street on their way to school, which only makes life more difficult for the students.
“These kids deserve better,” she said. “Like I said, these kids have to fight to get to school.”
Kelly decided to take action and ask local leaders for help.
The plan worked, as the grass was cut and the debris was cleaned up. However, the roads were just as filled with new junk a few days later.
Community members and school leaders say the state of these walkways are unacceptable.
“Quality of life is critical,” Mayoral Candidate Sean McKinney said. “Not only to just our children, but also to the citizens of Youngstown.”
“When you realize that kids have to walk up and down this hill every single day,” Youngstown schools CEO Krish Mohip said, “And whether it’s dirty, if there’s debris, if there’s something dangerous — we have to make sure that it’s clean for our children.”
Kelly’s goal is to make sure the East High Hill and adjacent streets are clean before school reopens in a couple of weeks.
“Let’s come out and clean this up,” she said. “Let’s prove that we want our school back. Because this is part of our school to get there.”