A better location for high school expansion
There has been a lot of talk and argument going on about the issue of if the school district should tear down True Value and the Gymnastics Academy so they can build the new high school. A lot of people have been protesting over the past several weeks to have people support True Value and the Gymnastics Academy by saying that we should choose the alternate plan to rebuild the new high school. A lot of people have been putting their opinion out and letting people know what they think. Their opinions are very strong, but I think if we have more opinions like mine, we might get more response from the school district.I am going to be a junior at Glenwood Springs High School. I think it’s a great idea they are going to rebuild the school, because we have been getting more students each year. But I do have problems on where they would like to rebuild the new school. They want to build it right where True Value and the Gymnastics Academy are and keep the board of education and the building next to it. They want to tear down two buildings that have been doing well for the community of Glenwood. If you haven’t already noticed, we have more community activities at True Value and at the Gymnastics Academy than we do over at the board of education. Do you see them having fund-raisers for the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the cheerleaders, for the radio station or Farmers’ Market? No, I don’t think so. True Value is always kind enough to lend their parking lot for whatever reasons, to let the community have a good time.When it comes to the Gymnastics Academy, where do you think our cheerleaders at Glenwood Springs High School get prepared for their competitions, so they can win state championships every year, and be the best and stay the best? Where will the children that love gymnastics and compete go and train and be ready for state and be trained to become champions at the Olympics?All the memories that go on at the True Value parking lot are always remembered by people that live and that don’t live in Glenwood Springs. For an example, during the summer, every Saturday a bunch of farmers meet up at the True Value parking lot and set up their booths with all sorts of fruits, vegetables, even jerky and meat. We call these good Saturday mornings the Farmers’ Market. We also have wonderful people stand out in sun, rain, or wind to sell Krispy Kreme doughnuts to help raise money for all sorts of fund-raisers, like for children with cancer, adults and children with HIV/AIDS, or even for any locals that are very sick that need the money for a surgery. Our community always comes together to do any good they can to raise money or just sell some things that they made from their home, and True Value is always so generous and lends half their parking.All you have to do is help us against this fight on where the new school is being built. I do hope that my words encourage you to help support me and the other people fighting to save True Value and the Gymnastics Academy. Janet Anderson is a junior at Glenwood Springs High School.
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