Let your 5th period class have 2nd reading before it's too late

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In the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Music is the universal language of mankind." As a teacher of world history and former activist for African communities, one would hope that you encourage your students to think about cultures and regions outside of their own sheltered life. Music is the best way to share deep thoughts and emotions with people who don't understand your words. It brings people together in a way that nothing else can.

Through your baseless rejection of the conventional school lunch schedule, you are denying an invaluable musical opportunity to one of your students. Anna Compson, a dedicated viola player, is currently participating in a small chamber group. The group will be performing one of Mozart's most famous pieces, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" in under a month, and Anna needs to practice with others during second reading period. Although these practices are short, they are vital to strengthening the orchestra as a whole and without them the entire group will fall apart. This may seem minor to you, but a failure may traumatize everyone in the group and even lead them to lose their faith in music. This issue expands far beyond Anna. Your actions set a precedent for your support of music education for years to come.

You may still be questioning the importance and validity of our plea, so we will inform you that high school musicians have been shown numerous times to have higher GPAs than other students in the same school. Almost any teacher you ask will vehemently sing the praises of educating students through music, and how hardworking and disciplined the musicians they teach are. Reading period is designed to help students learn and succeed, and there is no better way for Anna to enrich her academic life than through music. 

Finally, as we are sure that you have other matters to attend to, we will share with you just one more fact: students who participate in music groups have the lowest rate of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use among any group in today's society.

Keep Anna sober. Let your students have second reading.

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