Due to budget cuts, the East Side Union School district is closing several school pools, creating complications for the aquatic sports program. Aquatic sports such as water polo and swimming have played a major role in the lives of students for many years; both have tremendous heath benefits, and specifically for water polo, builds strong cooperation skills, confidence, and good sportsmanship. This is in addition to the traditional ups of high school athletics, such as improved academic ability and better behavior in the classroom.
If the district closes down our pools, every school will struggle to find practice time for their athletes, and essential part to team and individual growth. The additional complication of having to travel longer distances for practices may also discourage students, many who would benefit from aquatic sports (for mental and physical health). High schools should be providing equal opportunities for students to play sports they enjoy. Closing down pools is a step backwards, not forwards.
This petition is our way of showing the district we care: Athletes fund-raise for their sports every year and season. Instead of taking away from us, they should be working with us to find a solution that doesn't hurt our aquatics program.