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Harper Brooks-Kahn: A young Northampton musician doesn’t want to lose her teacher

To the editor:

I think it is important for people to vote yes on the override. If the no side of the vote wins, the art and music programs will be cut, physical education programs will be decreased, some police officers will lose their jobs and there won’t be bus service to the high school.

I don’t really understand why someone would want to vote against the override. I know some people may not want to pay more taxes, but I wish those people would think about how this vote will affect all the children in Northampton. If enough people don’t vote yes, it will change the experience of each student in the Northampton public school system from kindergarten through 12th grade.

My band teacher and music teacher at JFK Middle School is in danger of losing her job. I don’t want my first year in band to be my last with Ms. Williams. She is one of my favorite teachers. From our first notes at the beginning of the year to the spring concert at the Academy of Music, she has turned many of us sixth-graders into musicians. And she has kept it really fun.

There are a lot of kids who won’t have a chance to learn from some of the great teachers who will have to leave if people vote no on the override. So please vote yes June 25, for me and all of the other students in the Northampton public schools.

Harper Brooks-Kahn


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