It was a program that was supposed to teach students at Fassett Middle School in Oregon a lesson in responsibility. Each week, a group of students would wipe down cafeteria tables after lunch.
Today that program was put to an end.
At cleanup time in Fassett Middle School's lunchroom, everything behind the counters is done by the cafeteria and cleaning staff. Until today, kids helped with the lunch tables.
"We would assign like six of them to wipe off, each one of them maybe four tables, just to help out," Principal Dean Ensey said. Four more kids would sweep the floors and watch the conveyer belts. Each group was chosen in alphabetical order by last name.
It was supposed to expose the kids to responsibility. Ensey added, 'We just felt like it built pride in their community and some responsibility for taking care of their school."
Some parents say their children were being exposed to something else. Maria Baara said, "They don't have aprons for the kids. Their clothes are getting soiled. I was wondering how he was getting some of the stains, because he doesn't eat some of the food that he was coming home with."
"We feel as the parents that our kids are being exposed to unneeded chemicals, illnesses, and germs," said Kelly Martinez. She contacted the school, the district, as well the state of Ohio and the health department. She even gathered 69 signatures from parents.
In the end, the principal and superintendent agreed to disband the program.
Ensey said, "We've got a number of complaints about it. We've got a number of parents who think it's a good idea. But it's not something that's a big issue to us, so we're just going to disband it. We'll find another way to clean the cafeteria."