Forum: Do students value educational process?

9:30 am November 28th, 2012

What would truly be a surprise from the many Senior Surprise money-gathering events for Eatonville High School I read about in the Dispatch would be that the seniors would be earning and returning this money in some way to the community or school as a thanks for receiving an education. The amount raised last year – over $30,000 – in this time of economic hardship is almost obscene, in my opinion, to be blown for such an event.
This Senior Surprise was started simply by a group of community minded people who thought it would provide a way to lead graduating seniors away from, in many cases, drunken pre-graduation celebrations which led to hungover graduates barely able to attend the ceremonies, and, in some cases, not attending because of automobile accidents incurred the night before under the influence of liquor or drugs.
That times change is a truism, and I wonder if it is not time for a change or simplification of this tradition. Do our students value the blessing and gift of the educational process as much as that inspiring girl in Pakistan who was shot for just wanting the right of girls and women to be educated? I truly hope and want to believe that most of our young people value their education as the surest road to personal fulfillment and success in life.
Margit Thorvaldson

2 Responses to Forum: Do students value educational process?

  1. Recipient of Senior Surprise Reply

    November 29, 2012 at 4:38 am

    I 100% agree with Ms. Thorvaldson, we should not spend $30,000 as a community, money that is donated by the way, to save the life of 1 person saved from a senior driving under the influence.

  2. Parent of Graduates Reply

    January 8, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    I agree. It seems like the parents are in the race to see who can be the most extravagant. (I can spend more on my kid than last years’s parents).
    When my first child graduated we felt privileged to take 5 lively teenagers in our minivan as did several other parents. We went bowling, skating, eating etc all in Pierce and south King Counties. Kids had a ball. For the 2nd child we were unable to take a group, but other parents stepped up and again the kids came home happy and exhausted to a breakfast prepared by the Lions Club.

    Think what $30,000 can do for scholarships or hungry families whose kids can’t afford to kick in for a bus trip across the state. Several seniors I’ve known in recent years did not even plan to go because they felt it was mostly for the “in” kids.

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