School closures: stealing opportunity

When I first heard about the possibility of the closure of the elementary schools, I was doubtful.

When I first heard about the possibility of the closure of the elementary schools, and how all of the kids would be moved to the middle schools I was doubtful of the idea, I didn’t like it, for many reasons.

Then several weeks later I asked one of my teachers if this would affect the elective courses. The teacher then told me what I dreaded to hear. If they do close the schools, and make middle school go from grades K-7, there is a very high chance of the elective courses getting dropped. Losing the elective courses is my main fear of this closure.

If they get rid of electives, they are stealing great opportunities for youths to get into the shop to build magnificent things,  learn to cook, sew and maintain a home. Or get into drama and put on great performances for the whole town to see, or to go to band to learn how to play an instrument and possibly begin a great career as a musician.

I would want every teen to experience middle school, for it is also a great place for personal growth.

I am in Grade 8, and am going to KSS next year, why should I care? Well because I want other kids to also experience and have fun at middle school. Middle schools are a great place that everyone should experience. If you take this away kids won’t be able to get half of what kids with middle school get to do. There could be no sports and teams, no electives, and they would be stealing all this from kids.

Middle schools have been great for this community. Without middle school band it could affect the quality of the high school music program.

There are many issues that could happen with these closures. They would be stealing many great opportunities for learning and personal development and growth with these closures. If you support the closures, please, think of the kids.

Jeremy Fensome

Qualicum Beach

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