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Letter to the editor: What is fair

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I would like to address this letter to all companies as well as individuals who contributed or donated to the Pinnacle Canyon Academy Mardi Gras fund raiser this year.

If anyone doesn't know what this fundraiser helped support it was to help send this years fifth grade class on a trip to Washington D.C. for a week in April. There were 25 students in the fifth grade class this year but only 21 had the funding to go. Let me tell you the reasoning behind this.

The school was able to raise approximately $13,000 to fund the children's airline tickets. Unfortunately that isn't enough to send all 25 students. Instead of dividing the money equally among all 25 students, and doing additional fundraising, it was decided, by parents and staff, that a vote would be taken to decide which four students would miss out on an opportunity of a lifetime. Yes, you read it correctly. Four children of our future generation were told they could not go due to finances unless they were able to fund their own way.

Why you ask? I think there were other fundraising options that could have been done to raise the addtional money so that all students were funded equally.

Am I missing anything here? How can you have the nerve and conscience to vote and tell four 12 year olds they are not worthy enough to go on a field trip because funding wasn't available?

I don't know whatever happened to the good old car wash fundraisers, the bake sales, company donations, etc. that could still have been done in a timely matter to help these four children out.

I don't know if I'm out in left field on this one but take a step back and put yourself in these four children's shoes. Would you be upset? Would you feel as if you are unimportant in this matter? Would this be a lifetime memory of how adults are supposed to treat children concerning a school function? Is this how you want our future generations to grow up thinking all is okay to vote others out to benefit themselves?

I was taught to treat others as you would like to be treated. I don't believe the basic rules of life has changed in the past few decades, but if that's what we are teaching our children these days, God Bless the future of our communities.

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