Don’t close Hess Street School

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Par­ents fight to keep Hess Street School Open (Feb. 17)

Many are sad­dened that one of our bright lights, Hess Street School, may close, de­spite its in­cred­i­ble rep­u­ta­tion for in­clu­sion, in­no­va­tion, com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and fo­cus on stu­dent-cen­tred ed­u­ca­tion!

Through the Ro­tary Club of Hamil­ton AM, I worked with the stu­dents and teach­ers there. One can­not leave with­out a sense of com­mu­nity and car­ing un­par­al­leled in Hamil­ton. Our club has served a Christ­mas break­fast for many years and one stu­dent wrote that those pan­cakes were “like heaven in my mouth!”

I have had the plea­sure of be­ing a Ro­tary Read­ing Buddy for stu­dents who needed ex­tra prac­tice due to lan­guage or learn­ing is­sues.

I have seen the joy in the eyes of chil­dren who re­ceived re­fur­bished com­put­ers from our club; a gift as they pre­pared to leave Grade 8, but a nec­es­sary tool for suc­cess.

We al­ways feel wel­come in the school and are treated as part­ners by the staff, who we know ex­tend them­selves un­der ex­cel­lent leadership, but need a com­mu­nity be­hind them. Many fam­i­lies do not have trans­porta­tion but can walk to their com­mu­nity school and in­volve them­selves.

Let’s not make school suc­cess even more dif­fi­cult for marginal­ized fam­i­lies and chil­dren who truly have to rely on the com­mu­nity “to make Hamil­ton the best place to raise a child.” Mark Ewer, Stoney Creek

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