Suzy Magill: ‘Yes’ vote for 2B is a vote for students
My name is Suzy Magill. I’m in the eighth grade at Steamboat Springs Middle School, and I want to let you know how much the removal of the half-cent sales tax will affect me and all my peers.
With the removal of this half-cent sales tax comes the removal of special help teachers as well as one in 10 classroom teachers. I’m now in eighth grade. I’ve had 15 classroom teachers. I cannot imagine where I would be in my academic career right now if I had even lost just one of them.
Each teacher I have had the blessing to learn with has helped me grow. 2B also pays for our curriculum, guidance counselors, technology, middle school mentors, English Language Learner help, Junior Achievement, orchestra, grant writer and innovation grants.
This tax pays for our curriculum, meaning our textbooks and online education systems. Can you imagine how to learn without any textbooks?
These days, we are learning the hard way how important mental health is for students, especially adolescents. Can you imagine schools without counseling?
In our education today, all of our work is done on computers. This saves paper and provides efficiency. Can you imagine our school with no technology?
Our mentors and ELL teachers help kids understand a world that can seem fuzzy and unclear. Can you imagine if these kids did not have this help?
The Junior Achievement program helps teens understand finance and life skills. I have heard many people saying how the school should teach about things like salaries, taxes and paying bills. That’s exactly what JA does. Can you imagine how hard understanding the world could be without learning this?
Orchestra, grants and innovation give kids a love for learning that is sometimes disregarded. Things like these give kids a yearning to learn that helps them all throughout life. Can you imagine working without passion?
So, if you can imagine what your half-cent can do, then how could your vote not be a “yes.” A half-cent for me; a half-cent for my peers; a half-cent for all the students in all the public schools in Routt County.
Vote “yes” on 2B.
Steamboat Springs Middle School eighth-grader
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