I received a permission slip for my child to attend a "field trip" to COSI (Center of Science of Industry) - with strings attached. To attend the exclusive outing, each parent must provide a chaperone and transportation home - exclusive, because there will be, no doubt, children excluded.
Expecting every family to choose between missing a day of work/pay and paying high gas prices, and telling their child they cannot meet these expectations is cruel and heartless.
How will teachers earn their pay if students will be chaperoned by family?
Those in charge reasoned there were not enough drivers to provide transportation both ways. Ironically, transportation is provided for a basketball team during a snowstorm, but not for a second-grade field trip. Games are after hours, but it is unfair to have exclusive field trips.
I had the experience of seeing my child in tears and explaining why we were not going. We are standing on the principle of fairness and showing compassion for those less fortunate.
Students who cannot go were told they need not attend school, either, and will receive no education at all; and some families still will have to stay home from work.
When did we become so calloused that we cease to care our children innocently are being excluded so a select few can go on a "field trip?"
DESCO recognizes local fire department
DESCO Federal Credit Union would like to extend a sincere "thank you" to Porter Township Fire Department for its recent help with our flag at our Wheelersburg office.
Your men were kind enough to remove the old flag, which was stuck at the top of the pole, and replace the broken rope.
Your profession dictates you deal with dangerous situations at best; and oftentimes, your heroics may go unnoticed. The staff and management here at DESCO believe your department should be recognized for its community service, no matter how small.
Thanks for your help!
R. Lee Powell Jr.
Reader upset with nursery service being cut
For four years, I have been going to the SOMC LIFE Center, utilizing its nursery. Today, I received a letter in the mail saying the nursery services were being cut. I am very disappointed in this decision. I rarely have been to the LIFE Center when the nursery wasn't full. It was being used by moms, dads and grandparents.
I know for a fact it is being cut by the hospital president. I, as well as many others, would like an explanation. Granted, the nursery wasn't making a ton of money, but it was providing a service to members of this community who have children and want to stay healthy.
Isn't that what the hospital and the LIFE Center are for, and isn't that what they boast about?
I have to admit, I also am a little offended. To me, cutting the nursery is the same as saying patrons with a family are the least important. I encourage all members who utilize the nursery to cancel their memberships.
Maybe then, they'll realize how important we truly are.
Lastly, to the staff of the LIFE Center, especially the nursery workers, you all are amazing.