It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter. Ten years ago, my husband and I decided to move our family to Brimfield. With two young daughters, our main desire was to be able to provide them with a solid education. The Field school district and Brimfield Township seemed to have the balance we were looking for.
While the schools did not have all of the bells and whistles some of the surrounding districts had, we were confident they would receive a solid educational foundation that would be an asset to higher education after graduation and they would grow up in a community that best fit our family.
Being outsiders (neither my husband nor I grew up in this area), we found it comforting to meet people who graduated from the Field school district, lived in the district, taught in the district and chose to send their children to the schools as well. To us, that spoke volumes of the pride that existed within the community and what we wanted our children to experience.
Unfortunately, so much has changed since we made our decision. My children are seeing and hearing what is happening in the community and that saddens me. All too soon, they will be adults in the real world having to make the hard decisions. However, they are still children and I want for them to enjoy that childhood and their school days.
The things that have been cut or may be cut from our district are some of the things that keep children interested in school. They work hard to maintain grade-point averages so they can participate in extracurricular activities. Our student councils teach the students how to lead. Our clubs teach our children how to give back. Music, art and drama teach our children to be creative. Gym teaches our children the importance of physical activity. Sports challenge our children to work together as a team. They learn about winning and losing and how to handle both. They see coaches and teachers giving of their time and talent to be there for a student that may not have anyone else to turn to.
As a community, I hope that we all take some time to reflect on what we have done, or not done, to help correct the current state of our schools and the divide in the community. My hope and prayer is that we will be an example to the children of our district of adults that can learn to set aside their differences, work together, and save our schools. The students of our district are our future!
Jennifer Pohlod, Brimfield