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BRIDGE a refuge for those who don’t fit in

August 22, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

I am a BRIDGE kid.

Next year would be my 10-year reunion (from my graduation). It breaks my heart to think that it may not happen because the school might have to close.

BRIDGE kids aren't "bad" kids. The majority of the students who attend this wonderful school are there because, for one reason or another, the local schools did not meet their individual needs. It is a smaller establishment that offers more one-on-one help from their incredible teaching staff, and because of this students have a better understanding of the material.

In an area where we pride ourselves on helping our neighbors, it is hard to believe we would turn our backs on these kids.

I can tell you, with absolute certainty, that I would never have graduated from high school without BRIDGE school. Furthermore, some of my best memories are there.

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There will always be kids who need BRIDGE. Until we live in a perfect world where every person is accepted, regardless of his or her differences, there needs to be a refuge for teens who don't quite fit in.

It is never a waste to fund a child's education. It would be a great shame to let this program fall by the wayside.





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