Help Save Pine View Speech and Debate Club!
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Dear Speech and Debate students, parents, families, alumni and mentors,
After almost a decade of selfless service to the Speech and Debate team, Mrs. Shari Dodd will be stepping down from her position as a full-time Coach for Pine View School. Mrs. Dodd has played an integral role as, an icon, a coach, a confidant, a friend, a parent in absentia, a “do it all and make it look easy”, rock of Pine View Speech and Debate. This club has not only provided public speaking skills to so many students over the years, yet also has increased the confidence of girls and boys who have then blossomed into caring, outspoken, leaders of tomorrow. Many of these young adults found their voice on the forums and stages of Speech and Debate and have “taken off” since then, soaring high in the practical world after graduating. It has also allowed for students to meet individuals outside of their high school- on local, state and national circuits. The friendships and memories made during practice and actual tournaments last a lifetime. Speech and Debate is a life changing activity- just ask anyone blessed with the opportunity to engage in the activity.
The way in which Speech & Debate is structured at Pine View is different from many other programs in the country. Pine View’s Speech and Debate operates uniquely in the sense that it is an after-school program run primarily by students. Yet, Mrs. Dodd does various tasks that students simply cannot do alone. Her dedication to Speech and Debate through the filing of paperwork, booking of flights and hotels, running of meetings, recruiting judges and chaperones, organizing transportation, and registering for tournaments etc. in conjunction with her love and support is remarkable. Though this administrative structure may seem untraditional, Pine View Speech and Debate has still been recognized nationally through the countless achievements of hundreds of members since it started. Consequently, the Pine View team has earned a nationwide recognition and respect amongst other teams throughout the country!
For a while now, Pine View Speech and Debate has been working tirelessly on trying to find someone to fill the shoes of Mrs. Dodd. Students and parents also try to contribute as much as possible. Mrs. Dodd has sacrificed thousands of hours due to her recognition of the importance of Speech and Debate and thusly, without an occupied role held by a position such as Mrs. Dodd the Pine View Speech and Debate team may cease to exist.
This petition is being created in order to depict how important Speech and Debate is for Pine View School- the heart of school spirit. In order to continue the aforementioned character building of students, we need to raise awareness, gain support, funds and resources to help us find a coach/sponsor before this school year is over. Otherwise Pine View Speech & Debate is going to die- depriving students of their influential voices in a hushed world and changing the culture of Pine View forever.
Do not let unique, gifted, and talented students down, yet again, in another field of opportunity that they can excel in and which gives them essential life skills.
Please join us by backing up our cause, signing this petition and sharing it with others to encourage the necessitated support. The more people that know about our dilemma, the more likely we are to finding someone! We are not looking for a lot. Just someone with organizational skills and the heart to interact with a great group of kids who just want to speak about what they are passionate about. Please spread the word!
Thank you so much,
Pine View Speech and Debaters
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