Ava Radeke, eighth grade, Sartell Middle School
As a student that will go to school at Sartell for the next four years, I’m disappointed in the people in our community who are able to disregard the importance of this referendum. The negativity is based on cost instead of what is right for the future of our community. We are taught to form an opinion based on fact. People are neglecting the fact the students, who cannot vote, will be the ones paying for our voters uninformed decisions.
Like many Sartell residents, my parents moved here due to the reputation of the Sartell schools. Our experience here has been individualized, challenging and provides us with skills to promote excellence. Increasing class sizes will mean less individual time to build relationships with our teachers and peers, from whom we are supposed to learn. We have been lucky enough to have outstanding teachers who are able to give time to their students. Having larger class sizes will throw off the balance and all will struggle to keep up with the curriculum and make sure every student gets the attention they deserve.
Eliminating bus routes will add to the already congested parking lots. This will waste time for students who will have to wake up earlier and have to make it through the school day. Parents will have to add drop off into their already busy schedules if they don’t want their kids to walk.
Middle school activities give everyone a place to be after school. These activities give students skills that can’t always be learned in the classroom. I have participated in activities that have prepared me to be an active thinker and leader among my peers and my community. In class and extracurriculars we are taught to be Sabre Strong by standing up for what we believe in. We are taught to give people equal opportunity and to put ourselves in others’ shoes. If this referendum doesn’t pass, we give the generations after us lesser opportunities, when we are supposed to put our future in their hands.
Vote YES on Nov. 5! Thank you!