To the editor:
We would like to respond to Mr. Stan Hill?s recent letter.
Dear Mr. Hill,
We apologize for those who have been rude to you because you expressed your opinion. Expressing one?s opinion is a cherished right in our country.
However, no one has the right to be deliberately rude and hateful.
We received an informative brochure, via regular mail, that explains the talking points of the issues that are on the June 30 ballot. We have talked at great length about those issues. Allow us to explain our decision on how we will vote on June 30.
When we want to make improvements to our home, it often comes to light that we do not have enough money to do everything at once. A choice has to be made?go to the bank, borrow, finish in a timely manner, and enjoy. Or, we do one project at a time and hope that life doesn?t create frustration.
Four of our children graduated from Mt. Pleasant schools with the fifth child scheduled for 2017. We remember good and bad stories from their school days. As parents, the most memorable are of the 1999 graduate telling us she did not have to write a final copy of a research paper because the school did not have enough computers.
The 2001 graduate enjoyed moving into the present high school building as a junior because it was air-conditioned and he really wished there was a second driveway as promised. It is 2015 and there is still only one driveway.
Computer skills were an issue for the 2009 graduate during elementary school. His cousins and friends from other districts could not believe there were no elementary computer labs or classes. Computer labs require air-conditioned environments. Our elementary schools are not air-conditioned.
Music is the crown jewel of Mt. Pleasant Schools. All students have opportunity to participate in the extra-curricular music activities?the 2013 graduate still talks about her color guard and show choir experiences. Music experiences are made possible because no one is turned away. The Music Boosters make sure that whatever is needed is provided.
Things are improving, albeit at an extremely slow pace. The 2017 to-be graduate had access to a computer lab and lessons as a fifth grader. The library was air-conditioned. In high school, she turns in most assignments via computer. We are fortunate that we have a computer and the wireless service at home so she can comply. As an educator, I worry about the frustration level of students who face the lack of computer access and the barriers this creates.
Mr. Hill, we appreciate your stance. We agree it is time to unite for the sake of all children. It is our hope that all Mt. Pleasant school patrons will carefully read the brochure, talk about the issues and ask questions before voting.
We have chosen, Mr. Hill, to stand with you. On June 30, we will vote yes!
Virginia and Emery Styron