To the Editor:
I taught high school math for 37 years at North Kossuth Schools and I was not always happy when students would miss my class to attend an athletic event or an art show, because I valued what I was teaching and felt it was of value to my students as well. But I had responsible, conscientious students who would come in to get their work ahead of time or make a point of coming in for individual help when they missed a lesson.
Yes, I believe core classes are important but I also know that extracurriculars such as athletics, band, choir, art, speech and vocational classes are necessary as well. Students need to be able to relieve the stress of learning and studying all of their core classes, getting good grades and preparing for college and life. Students also need the experiences of being part of a team and working with others.
While I was teaching, I attended my school's athletic events, as well as concerts and art shows. I was filled with pride watching my students showcase their talents. Getting to know my students outside of the classroom really helped me to relate to them better in my classroom.
I am not a resident of the Fairmont school district but my school district has had to make some tough decisions in recent times as well. The Fairmont school board wants to do what is good for the kids, but the board still has to work within a given budget. The kids are our future and they need the taxpayers to support their school in all of the aspects and resources it can offer.
Fairmont is a great community and it is going to be the young people now in our schools who will keep it great and even better in the future. Please vote yes for the referendum on Nov. 6.
Fairmont girls tennis coach