By Charles Edwardson
November 10, 2008
I am first of all encouraged by this past season of borough funding for our schools, with that said I am still disappointed in how hard our students have to work to represent (us) the city of Ketchikan. The activities fund is always on the bottom on the list and it should be at the top of the list. The benefits of extra curricular activities are obvious.
I am as guilty as anyone and do not usually dwell on or plan for the next season of student activities until I get hit up for a never ending stream of donations for one sport event or other extra curricular event fund raiser. As with most Ketchikan residents who are interested in these activities, I reach in my wallet and contribute and think to myself with smug satisfaction what a good citizen I am for helping,, and not taking time to consider what it takes for these students to get out there and solicit money for them to be able to participate in their chosen activity.
Not only do most of the students
who participate in these extra curricular activities have pretty
good grades (in order to stay eligible) they have to practice
for their particular event and fund raise in their spare time.
The kids in all of their activities
should not have to work so hard to represent us, I would like
the borough assembly to initiate a one penny tax, or half a penny
tax and dedicate it to a school activities fund. We fund all
kinds of goofy stuff with these taxes we all pay, why not our
students. Dedicate one cent of every dollar of borough tax or
half a cent and help our students so they can represent Ketchikan
to the fullest potential. Just think of the possible benefits
of the added support a half a penny would make. Less stress on
students, possibly more participation if money was a problem
for some families in these economic times, stronger events to
attract outside participation, with a positive and solid activities
fund it would not be a stretch to imagine this could aid in the
retention of students.
Received November 06, 2008 - Published November 10, 2008
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