On The Bond, From A Kid’s Perspective

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Joy Wei

I am a fourth grader at Saddle Rock. In the past few weeks, I have heard a lot about the upcoming bond vote. It is clear to me that some people may vote No because their kids do not attend public schools and they think the schools should and could go on without the bond. What shook me the most is that if the bond is voted No, there is a strong likelihood that there will be fewer enrichment programs because the roof must be repaired and the teachers must be paid. I feel nauseous in the pit of my stomach.

We had this before. A year ago, many enrichment programs at elementary schools became paid programs, including the Saddle Rock book club, which I loved. Some are gone because they do not have enough paid enrollment. Parents may not know that some of these programs make a school day great. In third grade, I waited the entire week for the early-morning book club on Thursdays because the discussions were so interesting. This year, luckily, I still get to do the Stock Market club in the winter and band and orchestra throughout the year and, of course, the SEEK program during the days. I have heard adults saying that these programs are mostly likely the first affected because schools must complete the roof repair, renovate the restrooms and pay their teachers. I have heard the stories about what happened in other communities such as Lawrence, and the threat seems real that maybe one day schools can only afford to provide the bare minimum enrichment programs.

True, enrichment programs are for some students. But they help them develop specific interests, are more interesting and challenging, and are far more rewarding. Sometimes, it is the highlight of a kid’s day at school. The benefits these kids get out of the programs trickle down to the whole school. When made paid, some students may not be able to enroll and, when cut, the days become gray.

I grew up learning to always go above and beyond the bare minimum. We can do it because the school supports us. When a school can only provide the bare minimum programs, the school crumbles. A community is great, for a big part, because of its great public schools. When people in the community are divided into them vs. us on their support to public schools, the community crumbles. I do not want to live a crumbled community and go to a crumbled school.

—Joy Wei

This amazing little girl also wrote this persuasive letter to save her book club last year.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, the schools are doing a great job if this fourth grader can write so articulately! Maybe the bond isn’t necessary?

  2. This bond is absolutely not necessary. This bond is a complete waste! They kill trees so that seniors can have more parking spaces! I am absolutely voting NO! And since I’m going to be at the polling place, I might as well vote NO on the school budget. I’m voting for Nikolas Kron just to anger all the pro-public school people. I’m not even going to vote for Rebecca. I’m already angry that Ilya Aronovich withdrew. I got no one to represent my anger.

  3. This bond is absolutely not necessary. This bond is a complete waste! They kill trees so that seniors can have more parking spaces! I am absolutely voting NO! And since I’m going to be at the polling place, I might as well vote NO on the school budget. I’m voting for Nikolas Kron just to anger all the pro-public school people. I’m not even going to vote for Rebecca. I’m already angry that Ilya Aronovich withdrew. I got no one to represent my anger.

  4. “It is clear to me that some people may vote No because their kids do not attend public schools and they think the schools should and could go on without the bond.”

    This is disgusting propaganda being published by a parent hiding behind his/her child’s face meant to cause greater rift in our beautiful community. Shame on you! There are plenty of people who have children in the public school system who just believe the price of this bond is completely inflated.

    Who wouldn’t want better science labs, more bathrooms, AC etc.? Only doubt I still have is the price.

    People against the bond are against wasteful spending, not public education.

    Same tactic was used by the BOE president when she said that it was evident that “pockets” in the community were against the bond. How is half the vote considered “pockets”? That was just a distasteful comment that was meant to move the blame to a small percentage of the population that made up NO votes. Unfortunately still doens’t know why people voted NO and this bond will be defeated again.

    Time to go back to the drawing board….

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