My name is Leigh, and I am sixteen years old. I am an award-winning cello player. Or at least I was. The orchestra program in the Chippewa Hills School District (where I attend high school) was discontinued last summer as a result of lack of funds to hire another teacher after the previous one moved to a different city for another job. It devastated all the orchestra students, seeing as for us, orchestra was the air we breathed. We had the option to go into band, and some of us were already in the band program, but not all could afford to rent another instrument. All the passion, all the talent, and all the hard work we put into our string instruments went to waste for a lot of students, myself included.
I have Asperger's Syndrome (a milder form of Autism), and orchestra was what I used to help calm myself down when I got overwhelmed. We were a family. I would give the world to have that back.
That's why I'm asking for your help. I want Governor Snyder to devote more of the budget into schools, and their arts programs. I don't want another Michigan student to face what I did. That's why I'm asking, even if you don't live in the state, to help me fight and win the battle for the arts.