Discontinue tradition of 5th grade play

Please sign this petition if your opinion is to discontinue the tradition of the 5th grade play.

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    Susan Garawitz, United States

    5 years ago Comments: Appreciate the efforts of all the moms who organized the play but unfortunately too many children have been hurt and disappointed rather than the few that have enjoyed it.
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    Eugenia Chin, United States

    5 years ago
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    Cindy Cleary, United States

    6 years ago Comments: I have read all of the comments to date, both for and against continuing the play, and can appreciate the feelings on all sides of this issue. I agree that there are MANY positives for those children who participate in the play, both on stage and behind the scenes. That is why I do not believe that the tradition of the play at Deerfield should be discontinued. My problem is with the 5th grade play as it stands currently. It is exciting for us in the audience to see our children highlighted by professional lighting and have their roles enhanced by a professional sound board, but it is NOT necessary. They are children not Broadway actors. We would applaud them and cheer for all of their hard work without all of these expensive bells and whistles! All of the great work that the play committee and its many volunteers provide in making lasting memories for our children can still exist on a less grand scale, more in keeping with the elementary school setting. In addition to our dedicated committee and eager children, we also have a very talented and well respected resource on staff in Miss Nelson. I don’t know if it is logistically possible, but given the opportunity I’m sure she could direct our children wonderfully, with outstanding results as well. These budgeted monies, raised in large part by ALL of Deerfield’s families, would be more wisely spent on resources and materials utilized by ALL of Deerfield’s students! The bottom line is that the current exorbitant play budget of $14,000 spent entirely for the benefit of 80 of Deerfield’s students is embarrassing, especially when you consider the fact that the front page story of this week’s item talks of probable layoffs at the elementary school level next year! We can do better!
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