Help us get a new middle school

From: Gracie Mallak
Winsted sixth-grader
Many people think that the only thing a new middle school will do is increase taxes, but what many people don’t understand is that either way, in the long run, a new middle school is the cheaper and more efficient way to go.
Our middle school is in desperate need of work.
Some individuals think that the facility doesn’t mean anything about the way kids learn, but it does. Let’s take you into the perspective of what the life of a middle school student looks like.
How would you like to sit in a hot building for seven hours a day, trying to do your work while you are sweating?
Well, guess what?
That’s what we have to do, and to be honest, it isn’t the greatest feeling.
Another reason why we need a new middle school is because kids who are in wheelchairs have to go all the way around the building just to enter the school. They shouldn’t have to do that; it’s not fair. We need a more accessible middle school, so that everyone is able to feel welcome.
What do you think it would feel like if you had to go around the building to enter a door that is accessible to you?
I know that I wouldn’t feel too good.
Also, we have leaks in our school. When it rains or snows, our gym ends up wet, so we have to have things to absorb the water, and that means that we don’t have as much room to move around.
In our classrooms, we don’t have very much space to move around, due to the number of students. Our classroom is packed with desks, and, yes, I understand classrooms don’t have to be huge. However, it would be nice to at least be able to move around without bumping into desks and other kids.
Leading off the problem of the packed-full classrooms, our district is growing, and the classrooms are very full the way it is. Whether we build a new or repair, we will need more space. The district is only going to grow, so you are going to be paying for a new school along the road anyway, and prices are going to keep rising,  as you may have noticed from the expected cost from the 2012 referendum to the 2013 referendum.
Also, the bathrooms offer very minimal privacy. All I can say is that in fifth grade, I didn’t want to even use the bathroom; I wanted to wait until I got home.
These are just a few of the many reasons that you should vote “yes” for our school.
We are the future generation. We are the people who will one day make the world a better place. Help us succeed by voting “yes” Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School. We need a new school, and it all depends on you to help us get one. Your vote helps us come together as a community, vote by vote.
For more insight, visit the site, www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw6gIEnuWsk.

One comment

  1. Marie Riemer says:

    Grace,
    This was beautifully written and to the point. I appreciate you giving us a bird’s eye view of what it really is like to be a middle school student in an old building.