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Sasha Nagle

August 13, 2017
Reinbeck Courier

Dear Editor,

There is a house in Gladbrook that is located on west Johnston St. this house has a "save GR" in the front yard next to a big rock. This house is mine. I want to save GR and so I will be voting in the election on September 12 and I encourage others to as well. I am a recent graduate from the GR class of 2017. GR provided me with so many opportunities to be the best student I could be. I moved to Gladbrook when I was 4 years old. My best friend at the time lived 3 houses down and day after day we would yell at each other from the corners of our streets. I went to kindergarten through eighth grade in Gladbrook and went to Reinbeck during my high school years. My younger sister got to go to Reinbeck in 3rd + 4th grade and that was one of the best things that ever happened to her class. She made so many new friends in those 2 years. I wish I had that experience. When I was a sophomore the Gladbrook building closed. Yes I was only 16 at the time but I attended every school board meeting and I even gained the courage to speak at one. While it was sad that the building closed it needed to happen and if it hadn't happened I wouldn't have gained opportunities that I was able to. My last year of high school I spent most of my time in the Jr. High school special education room and it was one of the best experiences I had. The relationships I built with those students will forever be remembered. They all made me a card when I graduated and while they were still in school. The smiles on their faces were priceless and their smiles were so big. While some of those kids could be the biggest pain, they were also my favorite part of the day. I was in the Gladbrook corn carnival parade for being on the homecoming court and I saw a few of those kids and they yelled my name from the sidewalk. You always hear stories about how great we are at sports, and yes our guys have proven how amazing they are at sports. I have loved going to the dome and our treks to Des Moines to cheer them on all the time. I even made the journey to Fort Dodge to cheer on the boys golf team. Each and every one of the events was so fun for me to attend. But, you see, GR isn't all about sports. Yes I was involved in 5 different sports my senior year. But my academic career at GR was also a great experience. I was able to attain the honor roll every trimester and I was able to get along with all of my teachers. Through GR and the way I was as a student I was also able to attain $3000 in scholarships to use when I attend UNI this fall. One of my favorite things about GR was that my class was so close to each other. I think I talked to everyone at least once per day, if not more. To say I loved GR would be an understatement. This is the story as told by a student of GR. There are plenty of people I know in the surrounding area who wish they came here. I talk to people about how I went on a senior class trip and they think that it's so cool that we get to take a trip as a class, something else the GR community offers to us. Aside from the GR community I wasn't to talk about The G part. Gladbrook has been my home for 14 years and I'll be honest I have never wanted to leave as bad as I do right now. I have never been more excited to leave for college than I have been in the last few months. Gladbrook has more than disappointed me. A community is suppose to involve everyone who is a part of the community, so when you don't involve everyone and hold secret meetings it more than angers me. It infuriates me. You can say what you want about me being mad about these meetings. I know I'm just an 18 year old kid. But the funny thing is when you're 18 you're no longer a kid. You're expected to find your place in this world. You go to college and you decide what you're going to do with the rest of your life and GR has more than prepared me for that. I may no longer go to GR, but I know plenty of kids who do, including my younger sister. So, when you step into that voting booth on September 12 vote no. For the kids. Save GR for the kids and teachers


Sasha Nagle

GR class of 2017



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