Students issue new community constitution

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – For many the violence, drugs and crime plaguing parts of our community may seem to big to overcome, but some of our youngest citizens are now calling for change.

“It makes me feel bad because I don’t want to be in a community that is messed up,” says Brittney Murphy, a student at Wogaman School in Dayton. “This is a messed up community and we are just here to try and make it better.”

Murphy is a student in Mrs. Rachel Blanks’ 5th grad

Students present Madden Hills Constitution.
Students present Madden Hills Constitution. (WDTN Photo/Matt Behrens)

e class. Recently, lessons have started with the same question, “How should investments be made in the Madden Hills community?”  Madden Hills is an area that was abandoned by a lot of businesses and overwhelmed by crime.

“I wanted the students to understand that it was not because of race.  It’s not because of a lot of things that we want to jump and result to,” said Blanks.  “A lot of it has to do with the decisions we make as a community.”

Blanks has used the question as a springboard to teach about urban ecosystems, business and investment models as well as ways to make the community more profitable.

The conversation prompted the class to come up with the new “Madden Hills Constitution”. It consists of 25 laws dealing with some of the most negative issues impacting their young lives such as no drugs, violence or saggy pants and the requirement to talk nicer to women.

The rules don’t just apply to adults, but they would make Madden Hills a better place. One that for now the kids can only dream of.

“It would be too perfect. I know that that would never happen but, I would like for everybody to try,” added Murphy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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