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April 19, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Budget cuts hit education

Look for them at a school near you

The changes outlined in “State Senate budget plan would cut $3.8B — education takes a hit” [seattletimes.com, Local News, March 31] alarmingly trickled down to our Snoqualmie Valley School District last night. Among a variety of cuts is the proposal to eliminate interscholastic athletics for all middle schools in our district.

Sports are our community’s most valuable anti-drug and -alcohol program. Coaches work as bookends with parents to help watch over our kids and keep them busy so they avoid looking for trouble.

Besides the ramifications of how this cut will trickle up and affect high-school athletics, what about these kids who want to be part of a school’s competitive team but are unable to because they no longer exist? Do we even need school mascots anymore?

It rains here a lot. Kids get bored. Now more than ever, sports are a bright light and a distraction from today’s worldly issues. Football makes math more tolerable, basketball gets us through winter and track makes our kids sleep well at night.

Parents, let your Legislature and districts know your support for athletics so that fundraising and creative cuts elsewhere will be considered to save our sports. Similar cuts are probably coming to a school near you.

— Stephanie Hager, Snoqualmie

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