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Students come first / September 26, 2013
Dear Viewpoint:

Well, we are about one month into the new school year and already I find myself angered and disappointed in the Halifax County school system. Once again our students are not being put first in our schools.

We live in the Cluster Springs Elementary School district. Our first fund raiser (of many I’m sure) has begun. I was always under the impression that fund raisers were on a voluntary basis. However, CSES and perhaps all of the county schools, have decided that if our children are to be rewarded with a very much hyped program, that each child must sell five fund raiser items minimum, ranging in the price range I believe of nine to nineteen dollars. The children who do not manage to do this will be singled out and punished by not being allowed to attend this program which is being held at the school during regular school hours.

This country’s schools already have a very big problem with bullying and these actions only encourage this behavior.

We’ve already received a pre-recorded telephone message from our principal, Ms. Long, complaining about lunches being charged by the children. Ms. Long also ended last school year with a pre-recorded message stating that if any child did not have all unpaid lunch money in by a scheduled end of the year field trip they would not be allowed to go on the field trips. This coming from a school that boasted to having twenty thousand dollars in the PTO fund.

I am appalled and sickened by the audacity of this school system. A public school system that receives federal funds from taxes paid by this country’s working people.

The nerve to ostercize our children in the name of fundraisers and lunch money. What will you do with the PTO funds? I cannot think of a better use than for our children (all children) to enjoy a school program or to have a full belly. Did we not address an unpaid lunch problem last year at our high school?

I’m sure that I am not alone in my feelings. More people need to speak out. This is discrimination. This is an unfair practice.

Our economy is trapped at best, more so in this county than in some others. Fifteen dollars for a container of cookie dough could put a pretty good meal on the table for a family. What do you think would be more important?

For those who want to participate, that’s fine. For those who don’t, that should be fine also. But school should be for learning, not selling. There are way too many fundraisers and they are too expensive.

Sharon Hereford, Alton

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