Jane (Brown) Glanville: Art, music need to stay
November 27, 2009
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