Respect alternative school

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2003

I am a senior at the alternative high school, Yaakoosge Daakahidi. The reason I am outraged is because my school is a part of JDHS but we are totally left out in the blue. Our schools have no involvement. We students of the alternative school are not allowed on JDHS campus without a pass, yet we are still part of the school. My school is lacking in supplies such as math books, the computers are slow and there really is no reason to work on them if they just break down or jam up. I am also outraged at the fact that nobody knows anything about my school. All they know is that a bunch of "slacker" kids go to that school or only the "drugies." I don't think people understand this is the last resort for kids to get their diplomas! They could always go get their GEDs, but which do you think is better?

So then I started going to meetings at JDHS to try to bring some sort of involvement but there has been a lot of talk and no change. I went to school board meetings to let them know of the lack of supplies and the non-involvement with JDHS and there has been no change.

When I was at the student board meeting someone on school board asked me what I was doing to get my school more involved with JDHS.

All I could think about is "As a student do I not have the right to be in a school that has involvement and has the proper supplies needed for me to learn. I would think that all that would already be there so there should be no reason for me to do anything. I would think that was my right as a student!"

I did talk with (Empire reporter) Eric Fry. He did come to my school and interviewed some students, but I have not seen an article. How is the community going to be educated on the misfortunes we have to endure at my school? Don't get me wrong, the teachers are the best. They make you feel like you belong.

I don't think I would be in school if I hadn't had such great teachers. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Cassandra Olea

Juneau

Eric Fry is on vacation; an article is being prepared for publication. - Editor



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