Northwest NEWS

October 11, 1999

Editorial

Thoughts from first-year Cedarcrest parent

   There are three items I would like to address. First, I would like to thank all the parents and staff that I saw recently at the Cedarcrest High School parent/teacher conferences. Fourteen-hour days are long for everyone. This is my first year as a parent at Cedarcrest, and it was wonderful to see so many caring parents and smiling teachers.

   Second, please read about classes offered at Cedarcrest through Cascadia Community College and BCC. We need to take advantage of the close proximity of these great offerings of diverse classes taught by many of our local teachers. We need community support to further higher education in the Valley. It is an excellent opportunity for all ages.

   Third, now that I have a student at Cedarcrest, I am facing the same frustration parents through the years have suffered: lack of proper athletic fields. This is sad; I make 12 trips into Carnation every week just so my daughter can practice with the girls' soccer team. All three girls' soccer teams are doing really well this year. If they had the proper facilities, I could easily smell a league championship. The way they are playing, they could pull it off anyway.

   The football teams are playing far better than their win/loss record portray. Winning isn't everything, but after years of enduring other schools' ridicule about the playing field at Tolt, can't we please find it in our hearts to give these kids what they deserve?

Becky Nixon, a proud Cedarcrest parent