I am writing this letter with the hope that you will continue seeing the impact of the Lake Pend Oreille School District levy on the potential future of Sandpoint. Coming from a community member that can more or less be defined by the levy’s contributions, I have realized more than ever in my brief absence from home the ways in which my participation in extracurricular service clubs, sports and organizations joined in high school have all uniquely shaped my successes post-graduation.
It’s interesting to consider the opportunities I took advantage of that, if I had not—or worse, had no access to—would have lessened my ability to acquire the skill(s). It took some time to come to the awareness, but I believe one of the most important concepts I learned in my ability to provide service through levy-funded activities was the power of community; and how lucky we were to self-witness and create the reality of its definition.
The thought of the future of Bonner County not having access to the same resources that I did is unsettling, and I do not wish it upon anyone. I have found value in the ability to apply skills [I] gained in critical thinking and communicating that I otherwise likely wouldn’t have had the ability to experience.
I think Sandpoint is pretty special, so we may as well do our best to honor its education system.
Sandpoint High School Alum
Student, University of Utah
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