Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
It's hard to believe that when I was in seventh grade I earned a whopping 40 detentions in one school year. Causing trouble was not only something I was known for, but was also the only thing I thought I was good at. It is even more amazing to think that six years later I represented Kimball as one of six Minnesota FFA State Officers, and that now I am a teacher in Red Wing, Minn. I owe a great deal of that personal growth to Kimball Area High School.
Kimball faces difficult decisions. In just over a month, the local school district is asking voters to approve a levy to support the education of our youth. Financial support from both State and Federal government has decreased so significantly that schools have cut and decreased nearly to the point of closing. These budget cuts have impacts: Class sizes dramatically increase Ð providing less individual instruction and assistance to each student. Extra-curriculars like football, wrestling, basketball and school clubs and activities are reduced or eliminated. Even non-core subjects like music, drama and career-based courses like shop and agriculture are done away with. The truth is, if voters in Kimball do not support this levy and vote "Yes, Yes," then there simply won't be much left of Kimball Area High School at all.
KAHS made me into the person I am today. The FFA chapter gave me confidence and leadership. The wrestling program taught me perseverance and dedication. Speech gave me a voice. And the teachers of Kimball showed me I am capable of doing so many great things. I cannot imagine the person I would be today if it weren't for these opportunities, and I feel it would be unjust to deprive any child a similar experience.
Whether you have, had, or will have children in the public school system Ð or even if you don't Ð remember that education is the most important investment we can make. Educational opportunities were available to you as a child, we must ensure that remains true for future generations. We all face difficult times in our lives, but approval of this levy not only provides better opportunities for our children now, but ensures that our futures will be easier too.
And to the students and youth who might read this: speak out, get involved, and do something. What matters to you at school? What do you care about? Encourage your parents and family members to support the levy, because otherwise those activities and classes might not be there for you when you return to school next year.
I urge you to vote YES YES on Nov. 2 for the Kimball Public Schools Levy - the youth of Kimball depend on it.
Agricultural Science Instructor,
Red Wing, Minn.
Kimball Class of 2005