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Schools and pools

Opportunity. Webster defines it as “a favorable time.” What a nice word. Our city could have used it as a beacon.

Watching the building of and the dismantling of the North Pines Middle School has been fun. Therefore I was eager to know what the surrounding grounds would become. I jokingly made the comment “Maybe they will at last give us an indoor aquatic center!”

Well, we now know, baseball and tennis are seasonal activities, only for a select few. A swimming pool invites all ages, handicapped as well as able-bodied. Surrounded by lakes and rivers in Eastern Washington, everyone should be given the “opportunity” to know water safety. Best of all, an indoor pool offers the entire community a place for family fun, sports, fitness and socializing year round.

It must have been a good sales pitch to talk the district into having a weight training room! These are children, for heaven’s sake, they need to play and learn to interact with others. Maybe it’s not too late - an opportunity is here.

Lois Harger

Spokane Valley

 

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