Yvonne Gerber: Appreciating talent

To the editor:

I would like to thank the Yampa Valley Brass, Mr. John Bolton and the Moffat County High School jazz bands for another very enjoyable evening.

These are very talented people. The program is filled with Christmas cheer, upbeat music and humor.

After an evening like that, I cannot imagine that the Moffat County School Board would cut a program (if the rumors are true) that instills a love of music, the skills to play and the adaptation of this attitude to other learning areas.

It is a real joy to see young people develop a skill that will follow them all of their lives.

I would encourage the entire community to attend any performance of the MCHS band or choir groups.

These are talented young people, and I praise them and the teachers who guide them.

Comments

als362 4 years, 4 months ago

I agree with Yvonne; It is very important that the school system continues to teach all the arts. Appreciation of the arts is one of the great gifts of society.
If the school system needs to cut something to make the budget work, then they should start by cutting sports, not the arts. Education in the arts teaches you to appreciate all things in nature and will give you solace in times of need. Education in football only makes you sweat and stink. Keep the arts - Trash football!

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CindyLou 4 years, 4 months ago

als362,

Which sports do we cut? Only the ones that don't make money? We would then need to get rid of the ones that don't bring in gate sales like golf, track, and cheer leading. The next to go would be almost all the girls sports whose gate sales don't cover their cost. We would only be left with football and boy's basketball because they are the only two that pay for themself or at least come close. Lets not get rid of sports, lets charge an athletic fee to the players to cover the cost of the sport, have host families from other schools put our teams up so we don't have hotel fees, and not purchase new uniforms every year. That would be a better sollution than just cutting sports all together.

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als362 4 years, 4 months ago

To start with Cindy, there is no way you will convince me that any school sport pays for itself. Not with the amount of facilities, equipment, personal, and transportation costs that are assosiated with these sports.
If it were my decision to make they would all be cut a given percentage of their total cost. Those that wish to participate is these sports should be required to pay at least for the equipment and transportation costs. Equipment costs include uniforms, protective equipment, and the equipment necessary to play the game. Transportation costs included fuel, tires, vehicle maintenance, housing costs, insurance, and drivers wages.

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daybyday 4 years, 4 months ago

Although I believe there is much to be gained in both athletics and the arts, the problem with athlete fees is only a small percentage of parents can afford them, which leaves many children out for no fault of their own. Every child is equally benefitted by participating in sports or music, but I think of the many who have been told "no, we can't afford it." This puts children (who shouldn't be worried about such things) right in the face of the impersonal problem with economic diversity...only as children, it feels real personal. Every child deserves to be treated with dignity and equal opportunity and not discriminated against based on wealth. Every child deserves a safe and quality education with quality teachers, and every child deserves not to attempt to learn in school hungry. I read today the article on the qualifications for the Cory Pike Scholarship today with great joy and willingness to participate, and I hope the heart of this young man spreads like wildfire.

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als362 4 years, 4 months ago

Then the kids and parents will need to get out and raise some money as a team. There are many ways to raise money for these types of causes. If the people that want these sports really care about them then they will support a fund raiser. If people don't support the fund raiser, then as far as I am concerned then the people have made thier decision of what is important to them.

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daybyday 4 years, 4 months ago

I agree on the fundraising. I think the Parrotheads through JW Snacks collect musical instruments to give to kids who can't otherwise afford one. Possibly parents who find it financially easy to enroll their children in sports and other activites could be given an option to sponsor one or more other children who cannot, and the remainder could be fundraising. It can be done.

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