Don’t close Hess Street School
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