To the editor:
My name is Kristin O’Connor and I am one voice from a sea of students at North Kingstown High School. In Mr. Avedisian’s first period democracy class, we were asked to study the school budget and make very challenging decisions and cuts. We soon realized how difficult and how much pressure is involved in this process.
In our opinion, we feel that no cuts should be made and that the town should be looking for ways to preserve and enhance all programs in the school department. However, we realize that during difficult economic times we must do the unthinkable and begin dismantling our school system. Some of the most important things to a student’s education, besides their classes, are opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. We do not support any cuts to sports, activities and classes.
We are all aware that – come time to make cuts – sports, activities and classes will most likely be cut without another thought. We do not agree with that possible decision. Without these motivations, and ways to express ourselves, students at NK may venture to other schools in search of the programs they desire. Many students and athletes who maintain their grades will lose the inspiration that sports and activities provide. Therefore, if the Town of North Kingstown does not properly fund the school system, there will be a sea of black and gold in total disbelief.
Our only goal is to try and get the town of NK to see that when you cut a sport, activity, or a class, you cut short the passion and dreams of many students at NK. Thank you for your time and we hope that the Town of North Kingstown will see that it is money well spent.
a representative from Mr. Avedisians 1st period democracy class