Way back in high school I was a band geek. I couldn’t play to save my life but God bless Mr. Kariga (I’m sorry if I’m spelling his name wrong; I can’t find my year book). He let me play the clarinet and the bass despite me not practicing, not really knowing how to play music, and always being a pain in the ass (me, really? I know you’re shocked) and I was a part of something that was just really great. At the time I didn’t appreciate what being in a extra curricular activity meant. It was a way to be legitimately excused from class, I got a cool band shirt and I learned how to play Axel F on the piano. In that part of my brain that imagined having a kid, I wanted my kid to have what I had and more. I imagined The Bee much more musically talented (The Dad’s family has legitimate talent) and the extras in school that I enjoyed would be there for my kid.
My niece is a student at Upper Darby and the arts (yes I use that term for a range of things) has been a blessing for her. She has been so involved and has blossomed into a young lady. Bleow is a video andf petiton and I beg you to tak e few minutes to watch the video and sign.
We need your help.
We need arts, music, phyisical fitness. We need those people who teach and take care of our children.
We need you.
We are writing to you, mother to mother, parent to parent, to ask for your help. You may be aware that in the Upper Darby School District, located just outside of Philadelphia, the administration has proposed cutting arts, music, library, and physical education at the elementary school level, and foreign language at the middle school level. This is critical—the board will be voting on this budget by June 30th, and implementing in the upcoming school year if it passes. Their budget proposal was formed in response to a funding crisis that is sweeping across the state of Pennsylvania.
Many people who are not directly affected think that this is not relevant to them, but we want you to know that if you believe in public education, it is critical that you pay attention. We plan to travel as a group to Harrisburg on June 6th and are collecting signatures on the attached petition. Please take the time to go and sign it. We need a total of 30,000 signatures and need your help!
Thank you from the concerned parents at Save Upper Darby Arts (SUDA).
Sign the petition HERE (This is the most important action you can do right now and it takes less than 60 seconds-they need 14,000 more signatures!) Then share it, ask your friends, husband, etc to sign too.
Save Upper Darby Arts information and website can be found HERE