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I just want to commend our youth. We attended a softball game at Sean Casey's Miracle Field in Upper St. Clair. Helpers are volunteer young people ranging in age from 12 through 18. Each special needs child has a Helper. The patience and kindness they show to these children was heartwarming. They volunteer their time to children who otherwise would not have this opportunity to play this sport! Thank you guys. Great job!
On a beautiful Saturday morning, the Bethel Park High School Class of 2012 graduated with all the usual fanfare. Almost.
[Students] had indicated a desire to maintain traditions by holding graduation outside, instead of inside the new air-conditioned gym. Unfortunately, their teachers -- who have refused to sign a new contract for two years -- thumbed their noses at students and denied them the tradition of having homeroom teachers announce the graduates' names because all but a few decided to boycott graduation.
Walking out on these students for a six-week strike during their junior year was not enough. Teachers now tried to put a negative spin on the students' big day. These graduates must look to family and neighbors to learn work ethics and professionalism -- not to the so-called "professionals" in the classrooms.
Recently, some Bethel Park teachers publicly whined that they wanted respect and that no one seemed to care as long as they don't strike. The conclusion is easily drawn that they boycotted graduation to get attention. It is time for all teachers' unions to stop using children as pawns. It is time for the Bethel Park Federation of Teachers to quit attempts to extort even more money from the community and accept the generous contract their employer has offered.
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First Published June 21, 2012 5:15 am