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Opinion

March 20, 2013

Letter: Teachers deserve more than town now provides

To the editor:

As a current student at Windham High School, I know this school would be nothing without its teachers and I know most students are in agreement with me. These teachers are not only mentors and role models, but coaches and companions that have helped my peers and me succeed in all we’ve done here at WHS. Every teacher here shows a desire to help their students excel and achieve and I know they are among the best teachers I will ever have. Nobody I’ve encountered has the love and appreciation for their high school teachers as the current students of Windham High School have for theirs.

These teachers have enabled Windham High School to rank sixth among the state’s high schools in just three years and they constantly motivate the students to achieve both academically and athletically. In the end, every achievement comes back to the teachers.

Needless to say, I love my teachers at Windham High School, and I know almost every student will agree with me that they are amazing and beyond comparison. On March 12, this town voted down Article 3 and instead of showing their appreciation for all these teachers have done for the community, the majority chose to make them work four years without a raise or promotion. How can anyone expect the rate of success at WHS to continue its exponential growth without any good teachers?

As a student, I assure you this is an investment in our youth and our future that will undoubtedly yield a sizable rate of return. To maintain the success exhibited by WHS in the past four years, we need to show some kind of appreciation and respect for the teachers of Windham and all that they do for their students. Every teacher deserves better, and if Windham doesn’t show their appreciation in the near future, it only proves that we don’t deserve the high-caliber teachers that grace this town.

Jack Donovan

Windham

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