Jane (Brown) Glanville: Art, music need to stay

To the editor:

What a great way to install a feeling of pride and accomplishment in a student and their school.

How appropriate that a tradition is carried on, and old meets the new. In the old middle school once hung a mosaic, also made and donated by students of the then-Moffat County High School.

That mosaic now hangs at the high school, and yes, Cassidy Griffin is right every time she walks by it she will know that it is part of her and a very special time in her education.

I know that feeling well.

Wade Gagnon, Clyde VanWay and I created the mosaic at the high school, under the supervision of the art instructor, Jay Peck, and donated it in 1972.

Our project was made from shards of broken glass we hand painted before being placed on a board, but the idea is the same — do something for the school, be creative and contribute.

How unfortunate that, if education cuts being discussed happen, it may be the last time a student is able to express themselves or contribute to their school in such a manner.

There surely must be some other way to cut costs besides taking away from the creativity of our students and our future.

If programs such as art, choir and band are eliminated, or the students have to pay large fees, where is the needed activity that allows them to accomplish that feeling of self pride and fulfillment? How are those not “athletically inclined” supposed to find their place in the halls of academia and a sense of contributing to what school is all about?

It hasn’t been said that sports will be affected, but somewhere down the line it will come under the chopping block if things proceed as they are headed now. Then the roar of indignation will be loud, but too late.

If medical care can be cut from the elderly, creative education cut from the young and jobs cut from mainstream America, sports does not stand a chance as remaining the sacred high school entity it seems to be.

I have nothing against sports; in fact, I feel that they are needed programs, too. My point is that there seems to be no stopping point for what seems to be a rampant slash and cut presidential administration.

What is really important here? Evidently, it’s not the common people of the U.S.A.

Jane (Brown) Glanville

Comments

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Ray Cartwright 4 years, 4 months ago

Jane, You are so right, yes you can take your sports into the next generation and use it along the way in your life; but an education in music and the arts will allow you to enjoy them way into the waning years. I always wondered why my family never had time to drive us the 15 miles into town for sports but always had time to make sure we made it to band practice and all the performances that came along with the many years of concerts, Christmas programs, band concerts during the summer on the corner of Main under the stoplight. To take in the high school or middle school concert is great. I sure can relate to the work and practice that goes into them. I would rather see a cutback in the sports program instead of in the Arts.

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als362 4 years, 4 months ago

Education in the arts teaches you appreciation for all the beautiful things in life.
If it is necessary to cut something, then cut sports.
The only thing that I have seen sports teach you is how to smell.
If completely cutting them is not a possibility, then make the parents that want their kids to participate in these sports pay for everything. The equipment, transportation, training, facilities, coaches, everything.
That will take a ton of burden off the school system. But the arts are something very important to all students in my opinion. Do not cut the arts. hasn't anyone on the school board watched "Mr. Holland's Opus"? If not, then they should, today. The theme of that movie is exactly correct.

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