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Its 4:30 and I’m rushing around to make it to my son’s track meet today. The alternative…no track and a missed opportunity to show my teenage son support in the things he likes to do. My point? If the TCN levy doesn’t pass, not only will I miss opportunities to show my support to my kids, but the greatest tragedy is what he’ll miss—the chance to excel at something and the opportunity to build his self-confidence. You see my son will graduate next year and enlist in the Marines. I don’t want to miss one chance to show him how proud I am of him and the choices he’s making. Like choosing to be involved in athletics at TCN. There’s so many things a young teenage boy can get into that wouldn’t be a positive influence in their life. And unfortunately that may be a reality for teens if this levy doesn’t pass. They will miss out on opportunities to better themselves.


My 14-year-old daughter has been dreaming about her first Homecoming Dance next year when she’s a freshman. She already has a “gazillion” pictures saved on her phone of the different dresses she wants to try on! What she doesn’t realize, and what I don’t want to tell her, is that she may never get that chance if our levy doesn’t pass. It’s just not affecting our sports programs but every activity that TCN offers our students including Student Council which is the organization that plans Homecoming.


I just don’t think everyone grasps the extent of what will most definitely happen if this levy doesn’t pass. However, I want to be optimistic. I want to look forward to watching my son play his senior year of football and run his final season of track next year. And I can’t wait to see how excited and beautiful my daughter is when she finally gets to put that Homecoming dress on and have her hair done pretty! She’ll feel like Cinderella, like every other teenage girl getting ready for Homecoming and Prom, for that matter. Oh the memories that will be made!


Finally, I have one more child who graduated last year. She was blessed enough to not only participate in sports at TCN but also every activity under the sun! It was through all these things that she developed some amazing friendships some of which will last a lifetime. She learned some amazing character qualities like teamwork, persistence, working through challenges and dealing with confrontations. All of the things that help to shape us as individuals.


I pray that each of you reading this will vote yes for this levy and give your child the same opportunities that every other child before them has had at TCN.


Jennifer Johnson


Lewisburg

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