The picture and article by Krystle Wagner in the Oct. 23 paper gave the community a much-needed update on the plans and progress of this tremendous undertaking.
Imagine my disappointment upon reading “Music trip too ambitious,” the “Our Views” column that followed on Oct. 25. According to this editorial, this “trip of a lifetime" puts an undue burden on students and their parents to raise the necessary funds to participate.”
Grand Haven High School’s musical organizations — in particular the choirs — have been the face of Grand Haven Area Public Schools in the community for decades, performing regularly for organizations ranging from Hospice to Love INC, from Rotary to the Senior Center. The choirs, orchestra and other musical groups belong to the community, as witnessed in the tremendous community turnout for concerts and musicals. The community showed its appreciation by financially supporting the choir’s trips to Washington, D.C., in 1997, and New York City in 2003.
Your news article and photo on Tuesday gave the people and organizations of the community the opportunity to support the choir and orchestra in return for the years of outstanding music they have shared. Your editorial on Thursday makes me wonder if you understand the hearts of the people in this community. If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community — this community — to give students the trip of a lifetime.
Grand Haven Township