Southeast CHAMPS scrounging
By Charles Edwardson
March 09, 2009
I have written about the activities' fund in this publication
more than a few times and as predicted I did not actively do
anything about it, or think about it much until the time came
when my kid needed support for her extracurricular activity.
Guilty as charged and so is the school board. So I reached into
my wallet and slapped down another thousand bucks as do many
parents and faithful fans.
I know the reasons that are (over) justified by budget restraints
but I think our kids deserve better than what we are offering
them here in Ketchikan.
I, with many of you in Ketchikan, watched a very dedicated group
of basketball girls play the game of their lives this past week
and win against all odds against a bigger school, bigger kids,
and a bigger budget. The starting five, as we call them in our
little sphere of the girls basket ball universe, have worked
for this since they were eight and nine years old. They were
expected to win. They pushed themselves in the off-season for
years and they prevailed.
And after the game of their lives, and to the great relief to
the parents of the five and many Ketchikan Faithful fans,the
girls basketball team with no visible advantage, other than heart
and hustle, had to hustle down to the concession stand and serve
hot dogs to their fans to try to hustle some more to raise money
to get to state. And after coming back the next night and somehow
finding more heart and more hustle after such an emotional night
-- and after cleaning the concession stands -- they won the 3a
4a cross over tournament, and again had to hustle to shower up
and start hitting the bleachers humbling themselves to ask the
very generous citizens of Ketchikan for yet more money. How much
more can we ask of our kids and the citizens of this town. I
was embarrassed for my kid and her teammates and for KETCHIKAN
and somewhat disappointed in myself for not trying to do more
in regards to this issue, My daughter and her teammates scrounging
for money for state after winning Southeast for us all just hit
me as wrong in every sense of the word.
Kids in all activities have to constantly fund-raise to represent
this town. It is to the point of being embarrassing for some
of them. There has to be a way our district can fund activities
to the extent that is deserved by our kids. Not just athletics
are affected. Pep band, cheer squad, dance team, pep club, and
the student body as a whole would benefit with a bigger budget
for activities. You would absolutely, without a doubt, positively,
without question, unequivocally help address the dropout rate
with a stronger activities fund.
Small communities are built and maintained by letterman (students
who receive a letter representing their school). Athletic and
extracurricular and other activities not related to academics
receive this recognition to be able to say I represented my school
and community, in addition to passing grades, attendance, and
the desire to stay in school to do these activities. This is
reason enough to take another look at how we treat our kids here
in Ketchikan in regards to the activities fund.
I know we all dig in our wallets and Ketchikan always pulls through
for the kids when the chips are down, but why do we not put
a bigger emphasis on the activities fund? I wonder how many
on the school board took in the Southeast tournament to witness
the diverse student body that attended.
I graduated but not with honors and in large part only to go
to shop class and hopefully come out of Kayhi with at least a
letter for one year which i did. So I know first hand what I'm
Received March 08, 2009 - Published
March 09, 2009
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