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To The Editor:

Hi. I am Kristi Roberts. I am 17 years old and attend the Delta School of Choice, formerly known as Alternative Education at Massena Central.

I want to know why my school was chosen to be cut from the budget. Why break up our family that we have worked so hard to keep together and will continue to work hard to keep it together. What I don’t understand is how adults who say they support us and are concerned about our education just throw away our program.

If Delta does remain cut then I am afraid I won’t be graduating. Delta has given me the chance to actually succeed in school and graduation was something I was looking forward to. I am even thinking about college now.

Closing this school will cause the dropout rate to go through the roof. Do we really want more high school dropouts walking around our streets? I don’t think so.

I was in the junior high for seventh and eighth grade, and I failed every marking period all year long and had to go to summer school. I started in Alt Ed in ninth grade and ever since my grades have been great, and I have not had to go to summer school. If we have to go to the high school and junior high ,we will be treated differently for being at Delta so what makes you think we want to go there.

Being in Delta has given me the courage and opportunity to prove to myself and my family that I am worth getting the best possible education, and I enjoy coming to school. I work for the staff at Delta, and they make me feel like I am worth their time and effort and for that I thank them.

I am begging the board of education to reconsider their decision to shut down Delta School of Choice and help us keep our family together. You say “Kids First,” well we are kids and we are definitely not being put first and we are just as important as any other student at Massena Central.

Thank you.

Kristi Roberts

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