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Walk For Wasson: Supporters March To Keep It Open

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One day before District 11 will decide the fate of Wasson High School, over one hundred marched to protest the possible closure.

Wednesday is an important day for three local schools. The school board for District 11 will decide if they should close.

That includes Wasson High School. Students and staff there want it to stay open. Tuesday they joined community members for a demonstration of support they called a “Walk for Wasson.”

Around 150 people wanted to send a loud and visible message: that they are not giving up on Wasson and will fight to keep it open.

Students, parents, teachers, alumni, and community members lined the streets. They marched all the way from Wasson High School to the District Administration building.

“I don’t want Wasson to close, I’ve been there for three years and I can’t think of going anywhere else for my senior year. And it’s become kind of a family and I have so many opportunities here I wouldn’t have other places,” said Wasson Junior Marika Schubert. “A lot of kids here would drop out and a lot like me would suffer because we’d be going to a place that wouldn’t understand us.”

“I have pushed myself these last three years to be the best I could be my senior year so I could just thrive, get ready for college and enjoy it. And now that's being taken away from me,” said Wasson Junior Alyssa Garten. “There's already been talk from other school students that they don't want Wasson kids there and that's tough. NO one wants us, they want to close our school down cause we're not wanted and they don't want us anywhere else."

You could hear the chants throughout the neighborhoods for the three mile march. They chanted “Wasson and T-Birds” as they proudly help up their signs.

Even alumn and baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rick “Goose” Gossage marched. He wants the district to tell them what would happen to the 900 plus students at Wasson, where they would go.

“It’s gonna impact the whole school district and there are gonna be a lot of parents and a lot of people mad when they find out that these kids are gonna go to other schools that are already crowded, “said Gossage.

The crowd ended the march by holding hands and circling the admin building.

“"They found some place where they were comfortable, where they could be accepted. They felt community and they've really enjoyed it and looked forward to graduating,” said parent Rebecca Romero. “Just the sense of community has really been inspiring, where you don't find that in a lot of places anymore, let alone with teenage kids. It's something we've really come to cherish."

Those 11 News talked to feel closing the school is a mistake and they are concerned about what would happen to the over 900 students. They are asking the district to be more creative and find a different solution.

“They get one on one help at Wasson, we have before school, after school, during lunch, dedicated teachers that really want to take the time to help kids out, and to take that away from them, to go to a classroom that is double in size, I don't think is a good idea,” said teacher Greg Thomas.

The district is proposing closing Wasson along with two elementary schools. The meeting comes after several public hearings and discussions.

The school board is expected to make a final vote tomorrow on whether or not to keep the schools open.

11 News will be there and will let you know what happens.

One day before District 11 will decide the fate of Wasson High School, dozens marched to protest the possible closure.

Wednesday is an important day for three local schools. The school board for District 11 will decide if they should close.

That includes Wasson High School. Students and staff there want it to stay open. Tuesday they joined community members for a demonstration of support they called a “Walk for Wasson.”

Around 150 people wanted to send a loud and visible message: that they are not giving up on Wasson and will fight to keep it open.

Students, parents, teachers, alumni, and community members lined the streets. They marched all the way from Wasson High School to the District Administration building.

“I don’t want Wasson to close, I’ve been there for three years and I can’t think of going anywhere else for my senior year. And it’s become kind of a family and I have so many opportunities here I wouldn’t have other places,” said Wasson Junior Marika Schubert. “A lot of kids here would drop out and a lot like me would suffer because we’d be going to a place that wouldn’t understand us.”

“I have pushed myself these last three years to be the best I could be my senior year so I could just thrive, get ready for college and enjoy it. And now that's being taken away from me,” said Wasson Junior Alyssa Garten. “There's already been talk from other school students that they don't want Wasson kids there and that's tough. NO one wants us, they want to close our school down cause we're not wanted and they don't want us anywhere else."

You could hear the chants throughout the neighborhoods for the three mile march. They chanted “Wasson and T-Birds” as they proudly help up their signs.

Even alumni and baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rick “Goose” Gossage marched. He wants the district to tell them what would happen to the 900 plus students at Wasson, where they would go.

“It’s gonna impact the whole school district and there are gonna be a lot of parents and a lot of people mad when they find out that these kids are gonna go to other schools that are already crowded, “said Gossage.

The crowd ended the march by holding hands and circling the admin building.

“"They found some place where they were comfortable, where they could be accepted. They felt community and they've really enjoyed it and looked forward to graduating,” said parent Rebecca Romero. “Just the sense of community has really been inspiring, where you don't find that in a lot of places anymore, let alone with teenage kids. It's something we've really come to cherish."

Those 11 News talked to feel closing the school is a mistake and they are concerned about what would happen to the over 900 students. They are asking the district to be more creative and find a different solution.

“They get one on one help at Wasson, we have before school, after school, during lunch, dedicated teachers that really want to take the time to help kids out, and to take that away from them, to go to a classroom that is double in size, I don't think is a good idea,” said teacher Greg Thomas.

The district is proposing closing Wasson along with two elementary schools. The meeting comes after several public hearings and discussions.

The school board is expected to make a final vote tomorrow on whether or not to keep the schools open.

11 News will be there and will let you know what happens.


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