Students make video to draw attention to crumbling bathroom

April 1, 2013 2:32:50 PM PDT
The power of film is being put to use by some very young students at an elementary school in Brooklyn.

The focus is remodeling the school's fetid bathrooms.

That's because the last time the bathrooms were remodeled, Dwight Eisenhower was president, and the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn.

Inside P.S. 58, the Carroll School, lies a dark dirty secret.

But thanks to a video put out about the school's bathrooms, the secret is out and with the public's help there is now a chance the school could receive the necessary funding to refurbish what parents like Aimee Van Dyne describe as disgusting.

"My children are afraid to go on the toilets because they have roaches," Van Dyne said. "The doors don't lock. There's often no toilet paper. Sometimes the toilets don't flush

To refurbish the eight bathrooms, which date back to the 1950's, it would cost about $110,000.

The bathroom project is just one of 24 different projects vying for discretionary funding in Brad Landers's City Council district.

The voters decide which five projects are worthy of up to a million dollars for all sorts of improvements.

"The projects are expensive and the money's scarce. That's why this is a good way of making decisions about how to prioritize what's most important," said Councilman Landers.

The video was put out in hopes that district residents will see the conditions and vote for the project as one of the top five to receive the funding.

Voting begins Tuesday at Councilman Landers's office and continues for a week.