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April 22, 2012

Letters to the Editor 4/22/12

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Gifted program great experience

Dear Editor:

I am a senior at Clements High School and I have been an active member of the Limestone County Gifted Program since my second-grade year. As soon as I read an article that was greatly critical of a program that is so near and dear to my heart, I became absolutely appalled that the Limestone County school board would even consider cutting this great and wonderful program.

Being a part of this program has given me opportunities that I could have never gotten elsewhere. I have traveled to Boston, California, and Washington, D.C., where I attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration. Through a field trip to Montgomery, I found that I want to become a lawyer, and I feel that if not through my membership in the program, I would still be unsure of what career I wanted to pursue.

Moving the gifted program to county schools may seem like a great idea in theory, but it is, in fact, not a good idea at all. I have been able to interact with some of Limestone County’s brightest and most determined minds on a variety of projects. If the program were to be moved, students would not get to meet, learn from, and share ideas with these other students.

The gifted program fosters teambuilding, accepting others’ differences, decision making, recognizing one’s strengths and weaknesses, preparation, effective communication, and countless other values. These would all be lost if the program were to be moved from the Career Tech Center.

My brother, a sixth-grader, is a member of the gifted program as well, and he has gained so much out of the program already. He looks forward to the things he will learn, the people he will meet, the places he will travel, and the projects that he will participate in. I am always looking forward to the future, and I am afraid that if the program were to be moved, then he would miss out on so many of the opportunities that many high school students do not have.

The gifted program’s impact on me (and so many of my peers) is priceless. It has allowed me to find out what career I desire to have, make lifelong friendships, and impact people that I never could have otherwise. There is no price value that can be put on this, and most certainly not $24,000.

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