LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Give children opportunities in College Place

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As many are already aware, College Place will be putting to a vote a bond that will build a new and much needed Davis Elementary school and make improvements and additions to the existing Meadow Brook and Sager schools that will allow for the addition of a local high school. This will allow our children to receive all of their education in College Place rather than being displaced to Walla Walla for high school.

My husband, who was born and raised in College Place, as well as our children, attended College Place schools (open-enrolled) and we could not have asked for more caring, supportive and dedicated teachers and staff.

We believe our decision to keep our children in a smaller school district allowed them the support and smaller class sizes they required to succeed. Our children made the transition into Walla Walla High School but had it been an option we would have likely kept our children in the College Place School District where they had thrived academically and were able to receive the personalized support and instruction they needed.

In addition, we know of several families that opt to either move to or open enroll their children into schools in Touchet, Prescott and Waitsburg or attend private schools to allow their children to attend a smaller more personal school where they are often times assured the opportunity to participate in various extra-curricular activities.

This is not always the case when youths enter Walla Walla High School. Due to the large amount of children wanting to participate and the lack of funding to support this, often times children are excluded from participation and left to try to find other things to occupy their time. Staying actively involved with their school and busy in activities is very important in teaching our children teamwork, responsibility, as well as helping them build self-esteem, character and self-confidence.

Some children simply thrive and excel in a smaller, more personalized setting. Why would we not want to allow for our local youths to have that opportunity here in College Place, our place.

I urge voters to support this bond by voting "yes" for our children and their future.

Jen Zamora

Walla Walla

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