Students should be able to ride their floats

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When did it become OK to take away things from our children that they work hard for? When did it become okay for a superintendent, school board and principal to decide what they deem as safe is more important that what the parents feel is safe for their children? Why is it okay for you to move to an area with traditions you donít understand and decide you know what is best for everyone living in it?

Just because they did not do these things in an area you came from doesnít make our traditions here at Priest River wrong. We at Priest River have for generations celebrated homecoming with our kids. Now the principal, superintendent and school board want to dismantle these traditions. As I sat in that recent school board meeting and listened to the board dismiss the concerns of the parents that attended, it made me question a few things.

When did kids riding on a homecoming float that they design and work very hard building become something you should rob them of? I would like to ask board member Sandy Brower, ďDid your children not ride on theirs during their homecoming years?Ē Superintendent Paul Anselmo, ďDid you and your wife, Julie Anselmo, not ride on yours during your homecoming years? Board member Bruce Hollett ďDid you not ride on yours during any of your homecoming years?Ē

My husband and I drove a float last year in the parade the kids had a blast. It was very safe and fun for all involved while creeping along at 2-5 mph. The community comes out to see it, the businesses dress up with the kids for spirit week and decorate their establishments but yet we have school administration that canít be supportive. This is a rite of passage for kids. I send my daughter to school for an education. I also send her so she has the chance to build memories that will last a life time, just as it did for myself, my husband and countless others.

Letís stop punishing these kids for something that may or may not ever happen.

There are dangerous activities the school sanctioned events all the time. In recent years we have seen severe injuries on the football field and yet I do not see tackle football being taken from the sports program. An activity Principal Kren was all too happy to boast about during the last school board meeting. Do we only support our students who play sports? Is there a reason we canít be just as supportive of students with maybe other talents? Whatís next? Prom? Sports games? Field trips?

And why when parents show up to a school board meeting to discuss this issue they are told this is not the time or the place but are given no options as to when and where the school board would like to discuss this further with us. You know the parents- a lot of tax payers who you ask to fund your schools. Believe you me I will remember this come next levy which I am sure you will be trying to run this spring. You donít want to hear our concerns but yet you sure have no problem asking us for money every year now when you run your levies.

I urge parents donít let your voice go unheard no matter which way you feel on this issue. Call your School Board, Superintendent, & Principal and let them know how you feel.

Priest River Lamanna High School: 208-448-1211. The West Bonner County School District Central Office 208-448-4439.

MANDY GRISEMER

Priest River

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