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Saadya Chevan: NHS student urges passage of override

To the editor:

Due to the recent budget deficit, administrators in the Northampton public schools have been forced to make cuts to the performing arts and technology education departments across the district, against their own wishes and the wishes of their students. As a sophomore at Northampton High School who participates in the music and theater programs that are offered there, I know firsthand the effect that these cuts have on students.

When the news broke that our arts electives would be cut, and we learned that we would lose most of the great teachers who make these programs what they are, we felt that NHS would never be the same again. It was the most depressing day I remember in my time at school. For many students here, including myself, it is the arts classes and the arts teachers that count among their favorites at the high school. Out of respect and in order to demonstrate support for them we held the recent Rally for Creativity.

To me these electives are an opportunity to learn skills that cannot be taught in a classroom setting. They give students a break from sitting at a desk all day as well as an opportunity to express themselves through a different sort of medium. As Stephen Eldredge, the high school’s theater teacher, puts it, they are “doing things classes.” The only way to prevent the loss of these important programs and the great teachers who teach them is the passage of the Proposition 2½ override that will be put to city voters June 25.

I encourage anyone who believes in the importance of arts and technology education to vote yes on the override. Don’t allow one of our school’s greatest resources to be lost.

Saadya Chevan

Florence

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