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Re: tax/public schools

In a message dated 2/5/04 11:19:04 AM, gardenqueen@gbronline.com writes:

<< Down here they spend way too much
time and money on football >>

Pam, in our area and would assume this would be true in Texas, football 
supports its self and other less profitable sports. My granddaughters attend a 
school that generally make to state thus receive monies that fund other activities 
such as drama, debate, etc.  I do think sports are very important in the 
development of a well rounded student. I think there are students that live for 
sports and is an incentive to keep their grades up. Sports have great learning 
opportunities but as most things they do often have a negative side.  My 
granddaughters are involved in school sponsored volleyball, basketball, golf, 
cheerleading (which is now considered a sport) and softball so they are in sports at 
all times of the year and over lapping at times yet they are honor students.  
Golf was a sport they began to play at age 3 and played as a family and 
competed in non-school competition (golf is only offered at hi school level).  This 
is a sport that they will always be able to enjoy.
    Swimming is a great sport but seldom gets much attention.  This is a 
sport that is ill attended, no chearleaders but one that requires much hard work 
and gruesome practices. My son was a competitive swimmer with 6 am winter time 
swims.  This is another sport that one can enjoy for life.  Unfortunately my 
granddaughters attend a small school which does not offer this opportunity.

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