School belongs to entire community
By Karen Hollywood
May 09, 2006
This is in reference to Eileen Small's letter.
I have been angry for a few years now about this issue. My
sons were NOT graduating the year that the K-High kids voiced
the opinion that the Revilla Kids didn't belong on the stage
with them during the graduation ceremonies, that the Revilla
kids 'had taken the easy way out'... They did not.
I pulled my oldest son out of K-high when his backpack was stolen
out of his locker- with about $300.00 worth of Cd's, expensive
math book, brand new gym clothes [incl. shoes], etc. The principle
at that time stared at the common's ceiling and said, "You
should tell someone". I replied, "We DID. We told
YOU 5 days ago." He did nothing. Nor would he allow us to
post flyers around school offering a reward for the return of
it. But, one of my twins is there now and is happy...
I know of a boy that graduated with straight D's from K-high.
To stay in Revilla, you have to maintain a B average. I have
2 that got A's and B's in Revilla, and still quit to get GED's-
they just wanted to work. My oldest was able to work full time,
and still attend school at Revilla, due to the afternoon classes
available. He's now 21, and makes good money. My 18 year old
was certified in welding at the age of 16, due to his attendance
at Revilla, and has just graduated the U of AK SE Campus Welding
course w/ more certifications. My son at K-high gets A's and
B's and speaks French and Japanese. The point is, both schools
have good points, and like all schools, neither is perfect.
Going to one does not make you any better than the other.
The graduating kids from Revilla
do not seem to care whether or not they are allowed to participate
in the ceremonies at K-high, but I DID. I PAY PROPERTY TAXES
here, and have for years. Those taxes help pay for K-high, as
well as other schools. They should all be treated equally, and
they are not.
I would like to remind the kids: IT IS NOT YOUR SCHOOL. It
belongs to this entire community, and when you all grow up, get
jobs, and PAY for the school, YOU can say who may or may not
go to the prom, use the stage for graduation, or anything else.
How about remembering that there is AND HAS BEEN- a huge waiting
list to get into Revilla because of the K- High kids leaving
Everyone comes from the same families, the same streets, neighborhoods,
etc and will be seeing each other everywhere. It is a small
town, so learn to share, and cut the attitudes, kids. That prom
thing was too much.
Thank you for allowing me to
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Karen Hollywood is the
mother of 5 boys. Some have gone to K-High and/ or Revilla
school board needed By Eileen Small - Ketchikan, AK - USA
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