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Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to Bruce Schmidt

Show you care about the Sam Barlow Speech and Debate team!

As many of you know, I was heavily involved in Speech and Debate in high school. I was a four time state qualifier, 2 time national qualifier, and I earned over 20 first and second place awards throughout my four years. After graduating, I had the pleasure of coming back, and becoming an assistant coach for the Sam Barlow Speech and Debate team. Recently, our program has been placed in danger. Whether it be stopping students from going to vital tournaments like nationals, or coaches being stopped from helping students, our program is not doing so hot. The real issues are 1) Lack of adequate and sustainable funding for such a large program- not valued by those distributing funds; 2) The new district policy about out of state travel requests, limiting out of state travel to every other year or every 2 years if the cost exceeds $300; 3) And the big one, ~not allowing recent alums to volunteer or be hired~ While money is an issue, it is not the one at hand. Rather, administration has failed to see the value that Speech and Debate possesses. Although we may not bring in thousands of dollars, I strongly believe that the education, experiences, and countless other points of value have vastly outweighed. However, those in control care to differ. We need YOUR help. Please, show them that when we stand together, words can make a difference.  SIGN THE PETITION NOW!

Robbie Cantrell
178 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Grosse Pointe North administrators, grosse pointe

Get Frank Sumbera back as coach

  Coach Frank Sumbera is a legend at Grosse Pointe North. Since 1973 he has been one of the most successful coaches in Michigan high school history. How could someone like this, a pillar of the community, a leader of young men, be forced out in the twilight of his career?Parents. Parents who are not doing any favors to their children by sheltering them from real world challenges. Today’s youth are overly sensitive and easily offended. They often lack coping skills, have never dealt with disappointment, or have been continually sheltered from anything remotely upsetting. Why? Parents have raised them in an overprotective environment that caters to this behavior. The youth has learned that if they don’t like something, or something is too hard, just tell mommy and daddy, and they will fix it. In East Hanover New Jersey the school recently passed a new rule that everyone that tries out makes the cheerleading squad, no one gets cut. Why? Parent complaints, just like the ones complaining to administration at GPN. Their child’s feelings get hurt temporarily (a minor setback in the big picture of life) and the parents jump to their rescue instead of using it as a learning experience. This is an example of the path that Grosse Pointe schools are headed down. First the coach, and next it will be the teachers who get fired for not giving everyone straight A’s. Why have a tough coach that pushes you towards scholarships and victories if it involves tough love when everyone can be a winner and get a trophy? If this change does not go through, and Coach Sumbera is not allowed to coach, hopefully he can be replaced with someone that plays games, gives out cookies, juice boxes, sings songs, and high fives everyone for a job well done. Then when the team starts to lose games, and miss out on real college scholarship opportunities, they will finally learn the lesson of true disappointment. The parents cannot shelter a child forever from devastation (hint: a child not getting enough play-time in a varsity game does not count as a devastating experience). ”Un-coachable kids become un-employable adults” -Unknown The youth today need to learn how to deal with all types of people so they can learn to adapt in the real world. If they are having a tough time with a coach, teacher, or fellow teammate they need to develop the skills to work through that challenge ON THEIR OWN without having a parent step in at the first sign of struggle. A parent should coach them on what to say, or on “how to play the game of life” from the side lines. Learning to navigate tough situations now while they have parental support to turn to before entering the real world is the true lesson parents should be teaching. You won’t be able to fire a demanding boss at work, or a superior who gives you a tough time. And you can’t cry to mommy and daddy if your feelings get hurt when you’re working in a salaried 9-5 career.   If you believe Coach Sumbera deserves to coach again, or if you are truly disgusted that a couple disgruntled parents complaining about “unfair” treatment (meaning their child got some constructive criticism, or in their eyes not enough play-time) could get a respected employee of the district fired, sign this petition. This is a sad day, and a turning point for the Grosse Pointe School District, and it should not go unacknowledged. Time to speak up before this happens to anyone else.

Laura Colbeck
3,103 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Taron M. Cunningham

Bring a World-Class Skate Park to Downtown Youngstown.

If you agree with this petition, please sign it, then SHARE it with your Mahoning Valley neighbors and beyond! Our vision for this skate park is near the future  Amphitheater next to the Covelli Center. The city has existing plans for a park and green space in this area and a skate park would be a perfect addition to revitalize this area. This impressive park will be the first thing you see when crossing the Market Street Bridge into downtown Youngstown.  Our goal is to bring a safe, durable skate park that will enhance our community in many ways. High quality concrete skate parks require little to no maintenance and are preferred and enjoyed by skateboarders, bmx cyclists, freestyle scooter riders, inline skaters and roller skaters. Like the Covelli Centre, a public skate park is an unique attraction that will bring people of all ages to downtown Youngstown in a family friendly atmosphere. A skate park in our city would provide free outdoor recreation for youth and adults alike.  It will help make downtown Youngstown a destination not only for our residents, but for people from nearby cities such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Akron and Canton. This skate-able art will provide decades of entertainment and will help revitalize and enhance the aesthetics of our city.  Benefits of a public skate park: Builds community. Provides a gathering place for people of all ages, encouraging residents to get to know one another and build friendships. Provides a safer skating or riding environment. Less than 5% of all skateboarding injuries occur in skateparks. Our public streets, sidewalks, stairs, and curbs are not safe places to skate. A majority of fatal skateboarding accidents that occur in the street involve a motor vehicle. Boosts local business. When residents are not interested in their neighborhood, they are less likely to "hang out" and use its services. Additionally, visitors from other cities will come to use the skatepark, buying lunch and "gassing up" before returning home. Improves health and well-being. Lack of physical activity is a problem in our country.  A free sport is an excellent way to encourage physical fitness, improve coordination, build new skills, and get people away from tv and videos games, giving them access to fresh air and exercise!Lowers crime. Provides an additional productive activity, a place, a sense of belonging, and an identity. Boredom in our youth is not helpful: ask any parent, community group, or public authority!  Do you know of a space or activity that exists downtown for young adults under the age of 21?  Enhances, improves, and revitalizes our city. Skate parks are downright cool! It will make our city look modern - Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Akron and Canton all have skate parks!  Add Youngstown to this list and give residents a sense of PRIDE!  Downtown is a centralized location, and unlike other neighborhood parks in the different City Wards, ALL residents will be drawn downtown to utilize the skate park, giving a sense of ownership to everyone.  The growing popularity of skateboarding, eight million strong. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 Statistical Abstract, skateboarding had approximately 8,418,000 participants in 2009. Among the 40 sports and fitness activities that the census covered, skateboarding ranked 26th, ahead of such sports as hockey, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. It did rank first among the so-called action or extreme sports, with millions more participants than snowboarding, water skiing and inline skating.

Youngstown Public Skatepark
1,264 supporters