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The Class of 2018
September 24, 2017

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Dear Editor,

Open Letter to Mr. Michael Bearden

We have heard you say you support the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School District and have for many years, including countless hours of service as a school board member. You have mentioned that you purchased an athletic card, which supports our fall sports. We encourage you to attend these sports (football, volleyball, and cross country). In the winter months, we participate in wrestling as well as boys and girls basketball. In the spring, we play boys and girls soccer, boys and girls golf, and run in boys and girls track. Finally, throughout the summer, we play baseball and softball. All of the specifics on when and where we play these sports are on the school calendar (www.gladbrook-reinbeck.k12.ia.us). We also wanted to let you know that in addition to our success in sports, we also have many skillful students and coaches working hard on this year's fall musical: The Pajama Game. There are two performances, one at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November, 17th and another at 2:00 on Sunday, November 19th. We encourage you to come and be entertained. We also put on other concerts and performances throughout the year that are on the school calendar. Finally, we invite you to our graduation on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the gymnasium.

All of these can give you a good idea of why our students and staff are happy for the opportunity to work together continuing to make G-R GReat. And it can get even better without other distractions. We would like to take a moment and quote your advice to the students, "accept the results and move on." Now that the voting is complete, please do so and allow the faculty, staff, administration, and superintendent, Mr. Hill, to focus on what is really important and what school is about: the education of the students. As quoted in the letter sent right before the election, "We owe it to the students to stop feuding and put it behind us." and we think that is absolutely correct. Let's put an end to this unnecessary added stress in everyone's lives.

We understand that there is still some healing to be done. Everyone will need to work together for that to happen. This controversy began our freshman year and we would like to see it end our senior year. Please live up to what you said in your August 21, 2016, letter to the editor of the Reinbeck Courier in which you stated that you were "willing to try" to bring the two communities back together. That's what this is all about. Help us to make the G-R community even better! If everyone is willing to try, it can happen.

On behalf of The Class of 2018,

Senior Class President, Senior Class Vice President, Senior Class Secretary/Treasurer

Madeline Frischmeyer, Sadie Brockett, Josh Peterson

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