Please do NOT defund High School Rowing in Arlington Public Schools.

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The APS superintendent has proposed defunding High School Rowing (Crew) in the FY2020 school budget. 

This would mean that APS would no longer financially support the successful rowing programs at Wakefield, Washington-Lee, and Yorktown high schools.

This is a Student Well-Being issue and is inconsistent with APS strategic goals.  Rowing, like most sports, is about mind, body, and spirit wellness and it reduces stress and anxiety for students.

In the current climate where we see an uptick in anxiety and depression among kids and an increase in obesity and sedentary lifestyles, we should not be cutting support for programs that help improve students' lives.

Please do NOT defund High School Rowing (Crew) in the FY2020 school budget.