Give students their pool back.
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Give students their pool back.

    1. Melissa  Madrid
    2. Petition by

      Melissa Madrid

      San Jose, CA

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.

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The School District
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The Students.

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Give students their pool back.


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    • Vickie Anderson MORGAN HILL, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      After having worked for this district for almost forty years and then retired from teaching, I have seen time and time again the district constantly try to make cuts they say are necessary that most affect the students and staff, rather than make cuts in other places that would be more effective and would not hurt the programs we need and have. Their tactics are never going to change so it is US who must make them change by demanding they cut elsewhere.

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    • Ellen Pyeatt FALLBROOK, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      I taught for 32 years in ESUHSD, now retired. Closing pools is unthinkable. Please don't take another important element of high school life from these kids.

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    • Meredith Curry SAN JOSE, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      The pool, like all other sports and extracurriculars, is a vital part of the student experience for those who would seek it out. Give them their pool!

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    • Alice Chen SAN JOSE, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      If I had never joined the swim team, I would have never learned about the limits I could break. I never considered myself an athletic person, but being on a team that stood by me and supported me day in and day out made me feel stronger in mind, body, and spirit. You can't take away something that empowers individuals to recognize their potential through the camaraderie and fun of the swim team. Bonding with our peers is something kids growing up nowadays lose more and more of each day when hands-on, interactive sports like swimming and water polo are taken away. These sports provide an opportunity to grow for the better and to connect for the better. To take that away would cause a terrible detriment to the health and happiness of our community.

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    • vicki whiteford SAN JOSE, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Its the only pool in the area and I went to school there over 30 years ago.

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