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BRIDGE School needs support

June 14, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

There has been much discussion recently regarding the future of BRIDGE High School.

This school meets the needs of students who, for whatever reason, do not succeed at a traditional school. BRIDGE is often a last resort for students who want to graduate from high school. These students are not "drop-outs." By walking through the doors of BRIDGE High School, they are choosing to succeed by pursuing a high school diploma.

I urge everyone to contact their local school boards and encourage them to commit their support for this essential school.

The following poem illustrates well the philosophy of BRIDGE High School.

The Bridge Builder

by Will Allen Dromgoole

An old man going a lone highway,

Came, at the evening cold and gray,

To a chasm vast and deep and wide.

Through which was flowing a sullen tide

The old man crossed in the twilight dim,

The sullen stream had no fear for him;

But he turned when safe on the other side

And built a bridge to span the tide.

"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim near,

"You are wasting your strength with building here;

Your journey will end with the ending day,

You never again will pass this way;

You've crossed the chasm, deep and wide,

Why build this bridge at evening tide?"

The builder lifted his old gray head;

"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,

"There followed after me to-day

A youth whose feet must pass this way.

This chasm that has been as naught to me

To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;

He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;

Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!"





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