Entry three: Cutting Dreams.
Last Night, I attended the Upper Darby School District School Board meeting because they are doing the unthinkable. They are cutting music, gym and arts as well as other stuff which makes me want to throw up and do you know who is affected by this? Everyone that I have had as a teacher and all of the school children that are many years younger then I am; while at the meeting last night, I saw the school board’s faces from high up; I saw the careless expression that they had on their faces. I wanted to shout out something, but there were cops there so I didn’t want it to get ugly. I heard the speeches, young and old as when it came to the younger generations, they seemed NOT to care which pissed me off. I wanted to speak out, but I didn’t have it in writing and leave my thoughts, but here is what I wanted to say.
First thing I had to say was my name, address and zip code which I don’t know why they wanted it because who to say a crazy person was to come up and kill my cats, my dog, my mom, my stepfather, my brother and I at night or rob our house? Anyways, that’s what I would have to do if I was to speak. Now onto the speech.
My name is Meagan Gearity. I am a 21 year old senior atDelawareCountyCommunity Collegeand graduate ofUpper DarbyHigh School, the class of 2009. I am not originally from the Upper Darby Area as I was born in the Bronx,New York, but have been living in the State ofPennsylvaniafor the last nineteen years. I lived in Tobyhanna up in the Poconos for the time being as my childhood growing up was fine and dandy, but I had a rough being with not having any type of money. In the summer of 2000, my mom, my brother and I moved in with my Stepfather and my Stepfather inCliftonHeightswhere I started fourth grade at Westbrook Park Elementary. It was right then and there I had the chance unlikeCoolbaughElementaryCenter, where I was allowed to play an instrument and I wanted to play the flute. At first my mom was hesitant with having no money to afford this, but she was able to buy it and I started playing. I also did the concerts as I sang in the winter and spring times in fourth and fifth grades up into Middle School were I stopped all together, but enough about me. It’s time to talk about what’s really important here and that is the cuts that will affect the children that attend our schools.
Do you guys understand what you MAYBE doing to our children here? Do you understand what you maybe doing to the teachers that worked hard to get their degrees IF you cut these? Not only do they lose the stuff THEY worked hard for, they MAY have to start over again! Do you guys understand this at all? And for the children that are in music, playing sports and drawing a nice picture for their parents. Do you KNOW what you are doing to them? YOU ARE CUTTING THEIR DREAMS! There might be a little girl from Garrettford that has dreams to become a singer, what is SHE going to do without music? There might be a teenage boy fromDrexel HillMiddle Schoolthat would LOVE to draw a beautiful moral inPhiladelphiaone day. What is HE going to do without art? There might be a Young Man fromUpper DarbyHigh Schoolplaying baseball and what happens if ONE day he goes into the MLB Draft and gets drafted by Phillies or anyone else, what is HE going to do without Physical Education to make him stronger and ready? What you are doing is CUTTING A DREAM FOR these young ladies and gentlemen in our audience and what is sitting in the class room going to do without related arts? Do you seriously and I mean SERIOUSLY think you are putting these children and teenagers under STRESS by with no related arts? Have you guys heard of anxiety? Have you guys got a pounding headache were you have to cry yourself to sleep at night because the pain is unbearable!? I have had ALL of this happen to me before and I do NOT and I REPEAT DO NOT want these children to suffer the SAME stuff I HAVE TO GO THROUGH with my headaches and the stress I AM UNDER! I thought children were supposed to have fun with gym, art, music, and the library, not be in a class room all day and NOT having fun.
So in closing of my speech, I ask you, the Upper Darby School Board, whose side are you going to be on? Are you going to side with the parents, the teachers and the children and not cut these so all of the children and teachers can live out their dreams or YOU going to side with The governor that I did not vote in and cut these? Because if YOU side with him, you lose not only my respect, you lose RESPECT PERIOD.
That’s what I am going to say, but I just want to get the word out there, please sign this petition to save the cuts, I don’t care if you live way away from me at all, I want you guys sign this and make a change: