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To The Editor:

My name is Damon Whitford. I am a junior, and I go to the Delta School of Choice. I have been coming to this school since I was in seventh grade when it started.

I am the only student that has been here since the school started. When I started coming here my grades were horrible, I had a hard time understanding the work I was given, and I had a hard time making friends. If I hadn’t came to this school, I wouldn’t know many of the great people I have met since then. If I was in the regular school, I would probably be failing most of my classes and I probably wouldn’t be going to BOCES.

This school is great because the students get a chance to get closer to the teachers and we get more one on one help if we don’t understand something because there is a smaller student to teacher ratio. Something else I really like is that if you’re having problems at home you can go to the counselor or a teacher and there is never a problem getting to talk about your problems.

Since I have been here, I have met a lot of great people and great teachers. There have been a lot of hard times since I’ve been here. We have had some teachers laid off that we as students had a chance to get close to like Mr. Eldridge, our social studies teacher from my first and second years, and Ms. Hewlett, our science teacher from our third and fourth years.

This year we are going to lose the two teachers that have been here since this school started - Van Alexander, our counselor, and Darcy Labarge. Also by closing this school they are laying off Mr. Mittiga, my social studies teacher; Mr. McCarthy, the math teacher; Mrs. Scharf-Best, the Spanish teacher; and Mrs. Jarre,t the business teacher.

If this school is closed, the town of Massena is losing a great program and great teachers.

Damon Whitford

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