Letter: Let middle school teams travel

Middle school students should be allowed to travel for sports. The school board banned middle school travel because of budget concerns, time out of school for students and staff, and equality between Dzantik’i Heeni and Floyd Dryden schools.

The school district doesn’t want to fund middle school sports travel. The Juneau School District doesn’t know that fundraising can actually teach students abilities that can help them in the future. It can help them learn how to introduce themselves, give them the self-confidence to talk to strangers and learn how to manage their time.

The Juneau school board should change its decision about banning middle school travel because many students play a middle school sport. Myself and half my basketball team at Floyd Dryden didn’t get to travel this school year, and if the school district is banning sports travel next year, half the team that didn’t travel won’t travel at all during their middle school years. Another reason is because Dzantik’i Heeni doesn’t travel for sports, band or orchestra.

These are reasons why middle school students should be allowed to travel for sports. I feel there are obvious reasons why middle school students in Juneau should travel.

Bernard Yadao

Juneau

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