Levy passage important to community and its children

kfranck/ October 26, 2012

LETTER TO THE EDITOR To the voters of the Perrysburg community, Perrysburg is a special place. It is special because of its geography, its history, its sense of pride. Our people bring diverse talents yet work in harmony to create a community. The cornerstone of our community is our school system; it is integral to Perrysburg pride. Perrysburg Schools is who we are. Perrysburg’s music and theatre program is one of our crown jewels — a program so dynamic and so accomplished that we regularly are selected as a top 100 music program in the nation. Our students learn vocal music from kindergarten through grade 12, strings from grades 5 through 12 and band from grades six through 12. Music is a key component of any quality education. Music supports all subjects ; music connects the senses to the intellect. Music is a language. It requires students to interpret, to interact, to perform. Music is in peril if our levy does not pass. Vocal music 6-12 will likely lose directors. Vocal, Orchestra, Band and Theatre electives will likely be severely cut back. One of Perrysburg’s greatest accomplishments, one of our stunning successes, risks being less than ordinary. And with that loss will go opportunity. Opportunity cannot knock if there is no door.