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April 29, 2012

Letters to the Editor 4/29/12

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Gifted program not real problem

Dear Editor:

I am a sophomore at Elkmont High School. I have been an active member in the Limestone County gifted program since the third grade. My Dad was an active member in the gifted program, I am, and now my sister (a third-grader) is as well. My sister currently has the same third-grade gifted teacher as my dad and I did in third grade.

If a system like this has lasted this long and stayed extremely strong, why mess with it? I understand there are some things we could improve on, but it is nothing that would require some of these changes you all are proposing.

One of them is moving the gifted program out to county schools. If the board votes to take the gifted program away from the tech school how will we gifted students be able to interact with students from other county schools and other teachers besides our designated one? Just because we are assigned to one teacher does not mean we do not communicate and collaborate with our former teachers. We are all one big family, the gifted program.

Our bond can never be broken over $24,000 dollars. In the gifted program, we all feed off each other. By this, we are made stronger than we ever thought we could have been back at our separate high schools. Our strong points are made stronger and our weakest points are built up as strong as our strongest ones are. You are with people from all over Limestone County who understand and think like you, and that is very important to us.

I think the board should focus on much bigger problems in our school system; ones that are negatively affecting students rather than positively affecting students as the gifted program does.

The gifted program is fine, especially compared to other things in the system. Please board members, when this subject arises in your board meeting, look out at all the gifted students in front of you and ask yourself, “Do I really want to change this program when it has affected so many students in such a positive way just the way it is right now?”

I hope your answer is NO to moving the gifted program out into individual county schools.

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