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My name is Natalie Miller and I teach at Guggenheim. I was also saddened to hear about the Cradle of Aviation Museum possibly closing. We have already planned to take the entire 5th grade to view an IMAX presentation of Lewis & Clark to enhance the study of westward expansion.

I was impressed with the determination of the students in raising funds to "save" the museum. They should be proud of their efforts; $26.50 in a couple of hours is outstanding. I too believe that this is a worthy cause. At Guggenheim, the staff and students both realize how powerful we could all be when we stick together and focus our efforts as a unified front.

As many of the community members know, we, as a district, have been raising money for the Children's Health Fund for over a year. We had a plan in place. We knew how much money we would need to be successful in reaching our goal. There were many events that took a lot of planning to help us raise this money. In all the planning, we had roadblocks ourselves. We too wanted to host an evening event at Guggenheim, but it is not that simple. In order to host an evening event, there are many factors to consider: availability of the building space (it is a district building and needs to be reserved - the principal does not have control of that), staffing (paid and volunteer), safety, extending the custodial staff hours, food/beverages, etc.

These students are off to a great start. They should join the Leadership Club. That's one way the school could be involved with their efforts and support such a worthy cause. In order to gain the school's full support, the students should devise a plan - How much money is needed to save the museum? What other events are planned? Are there any forms that should be filled out if it is on school grounds?

Our principal has fostered an environment where citizenship and kindness to others is clear throughout the building. As we all know, timing is everything - the first three days of school might not have been the best time to propose an event without having all of the necessary information or plan ready for her to hear. I believe that Guggenheim is a place where all children feel that what they do does matter and that their voices are heard.

Natalie Miller


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