Johnstown students deserve the best we can give them

I am a Gloversville resident residing in the Mayfield school district. I have no children in school but I did vote for the Mayfield budget as I support the programs.

I am very concerned about the Johnstown school budget because I have two grandchildren attending Johnstown schools. One is in the eighth grade and the other in fifth grade. They not only excel in their academics, they participate in many programs that the school district offers, such as music, Odyssey of the Mind, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, basketball, to name a few. All of these things enable a student to become a well-rounded person and achieve success in their future.

On May 30, I had the pleasure of listening to the seventh and eighth grade band and chorus at the Knox Junior High spring concert. It was a most enjoyable evening. It was evident that they were very disciplined and serious about the performances, whether it was chorus or band.

I was most impressed with the level of play of the jazz band. Their dedication was evident in their excellent performance and they sounded like a professional band. Congratulations to the band director for her hard work in achieving this level of play with her students.

Congratulations to the Knox Junior High eighth grade Odyssey of the Mind team. After winning the regional and state Odyssey of the Mind competitions, they advanced to the World Finals in Michigan. They competed with teams from all over the world and the Johnstown team came in sixth place in their division. This was an outstanding win for a small city like Johnstown in comparison to teams from all over the world. This was the second year this team competed in World Finals. The students on the team have been competing together for several years. They work hard to achieve success. They are a wonderful group of students who represent Johnstown in a positive way. Thank you to their coaches and advisor for all their work.

Johnstown should be proud of the achievements of their children whether they are part of a sports team or club or other school activity. It is important for all to support these activities so that our children are kept active and not get into trouble.

I hope the school board can come to a solution to keep providing programs that will benefit the students and ultimately the city of Johnstown.

GRACE NASELLI

Gloversville