Letter: Schools are the lifeblood of any community

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Hampton resident Juli Snaer wrote this letter to the editor of Seacoast Online:

To the Editor:

In just about every community, voters largely impact the school system. We live in a community filled with gorgeous historical buildings – one of which, houses our middle school. While the building’s façade represents its bygone heritage, it has not been updated for its purpose since the 1970s. Obviously, our school is in need not just of some maintenance-based TLC, but also improvements designed to make it a competitive school in the 21st century.

Schools are the lifeblood of any community. They are where we send our children to become educated citizens. Those same children may return back to the community as voters themselves one day, or we will send them out into the world, filled with knowledge and the confidence of their upbringing. Schools impact even those who do not raise children in their community. They are the impetus for bringing new families into the town, for building our economy through growth, and for competing with our neighboring towns.

To think that our children – and by this I mean in the communal sense – should “make do” with subpar facilities, plagued by air quality and safety issues, completely astounds me. What message are we sending these youth by failing to value the school system? In this time of political unrest, where we so often hold our opinions like shields or like swords, can we unite in agreement, that our children deserve a quality education in an environment that is both safe and modernized for the learning of today?

Juli Snaer
Hampton

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