APRIL 21, 1997

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Cedarcrest needs stadium

Cedarcrest stadium The following letter was written to Paul Allen, with a request for publication:
Dear Mr. Allen,
   I go to Cedarcrest High School in Duvall. I really like going to Cedarcrest except for one thing: We don't have a field for football, soccer, or track. We don't even have a field for PE class. The only thing we have are a couple of practice fields.
   I have been listening to the news about how you are trying to rescue the Seahawks from going to California and you want to build a new stadium for them to play in. You have a lot of money, and the news said that you are willing to pay a lot to build a new stadium if the voters will pay the rest.
   I found out that it would cost about $5.5 million to build a stadium at our school. That is a lot less than the Seahawks stadium. I am on the track team and we have to practice running around the school and also have to ride the bus to Tolt and practice on a very wet track that is not even good enough to have a meet on, so all our track meets are fairly far away. Also, we have to play all our home football and soccer games on another field instead of at our school.
   I would really like to have a stadium at our school like everyone else we play against. Since our stadium would cost a lot less than the Seahawks, I was wondering if you would like to make a donation to help us build one at our school. We could even name the stadium after you.

Katherine Power, freshman, Cedarcrest High School