As a graduate of State High, I’m proud to say I come from a school with great people, great spirit and great opportunities.
What I’m not proud of are the deteriorating facilities. I support the State High project and the referendum to fund renovations and additions because remarkable students deserve a school that meets basic needs of health and safety, such as properly functioning heating and cooling systems (no more ice inside windows and sweltering temperatures); healthy air (no mold hazard from flooded basements); and reasonable security (no mass-crossing a borough thoroughfare seven times a day).
The project also would maximize student potential because the design includes flexible learning spaces and allows for smaller groups that foster student-teacher relationships.
In 20 years, I want to look back as a proud alumna and say I made a difference — with this letter, the Facebook awareness page and the canvassing I’ll do closer to Election Day.
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I want to clip news stories of outstanding State High kids and show off a safe, functional State High building as proof to the world that State College truly cares about its students.
In the end, it’s about how much we — as a community — value education.
The project will cost money, but doesn’t everything? It’s what we do with our money that counts. So on May 20, my community can count on my yes vote.