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November 27, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 27, 2013

Swimmers’ demeanor

TO THE EDITOR: My daughter, while a student at Saranac Central, just finished her fifth year as a varsity swimmer for the Peru swim team.

During this time, she had the privilege of swimming against the young ladies on the Moriah swim team.

We have watched the members of this team for the last five years, and they are the epitome of what good sports are and should be. They never won a single meet during this time, but they unfailingly cheered on their teammates and the other swimmers, and they celebrated every race.

At sectionals this year, Brooke Dever placed second in the backstroke, and there were tears shed. The tears were not because she didn’t win, but rather because second at sectionals was her highest achievement and because she had a huge personal best. These were tears of celebration rather than disappointment. 

These swimmers were frequently overlooked, and they deserve to be recognized for their efforts and more importantly for their positive attitude. These young ladies have been a joy to watch and get to know these last five years, and my daughter and I will miss them. Go Mortar! Go Vikings!

JULIA BARKLA

Saranac

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Phys ed teachers

TO THE EDITOR: As the first quarter of the school year winds down, parents will be invited to pick up their children’s report cards and meet with teachers. 

During this visit, don’t forget to stop in and say hello to your child’s physical education teacher. Physical education is an important part of your child’s education and well-being.

Opportunities to be physically active during the school day contribute to your child’s academic success. A study by the Centers for Disease Control showed that students who earn high grades are twice as likely to get regular physical activity compared to students who earn low grades; and strong evidence suggests that children who participate in daily physical education have better school attendance, a more positive attitude toward school, stronger academic achievement, increased concentration, improved math, reading and writing test scores, and less disruptive behavior.

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