As a Claremore senior currently finishing my last semester of high school I am reflective of my secondary schooling. I feel I have been blessed beyond measure by the Claremore Public School System. In my high school career, I have been a member of the jazz band, concert band, marching band, academic team, National Technical Honor Society, Skills USA, and the pre-engineering program. I have taken rigorous AP courses and currently serve as the National Honor Society Public Relations Officer. I believe I will walk across the graduation stage with sufficient levels of knowledge, independence, and flexibility thanks to Claremore Public Schools. I also truly believe without the bond support from voters in 2007, I would not be as prepared for college life as I am now.
About 10 years ago, the citizens of Claremore passed an education bond that would, among many other projects, create a new elementary school, a new football stadium, and new classroom additions to the Junior High and High School. The citizens who passed the bond recognized the need for expansion and renovation within their school system enabling them to provide the best education for their city’s youth. Regardless of voter’s direct benefit from the bond, these voters understood their obligation to better the society they live in.
We now live in a digital age. The Claremore High School that I am leaving behind this year is at a disadvantage when it comes to technology. Surrounding school systems and education centers across the nation are actively addressing this by equipping them with internet accessible resources. These schools are breeding success by preparing their students for life outside of high school academically and digitally. The 2019 education bond proposes to provide 1:1 technology for grades 9-12. Student laptops, classroom smart equipment, and digital aids are no longer uncommon luxuries. Digital intelligence is real and becoming necessary in every area of life. Think of how often you connect to the internet, contact a keyboard, or send an electronic message in your daily life. The youth of our city will be facing a great challenge in the race for jobs, schools, and careers if they have never had access to the internet or an electronic device.
I am 18 now and recognize the 2019 education bond proposal may never affect me directly. As my high school career comes to a close, I only wish the best for future generations of Claremore graduates. It is now my turn to give back to the system that has shaped me academically and beyond into who I am today. If Claremore Public Schools has affected your life in some way, it is our time to give back. Join me on March 5 as we vote to shape a bright and positive future for our public school system.
Public Relations Officer
CHS National Honor Society