Uncut: Kids being adults about education

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by JOHN McCAA

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WFAA

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 7:58 PM

We do enough stories on TV about kids doing the wrong thing. So tonight, here are some youngsters leading adults in the right direction.

It’s this week’s Uncut commentary.

The Premont Independent School District south of San Antonio in Jim Wells County was so bad, for so long, the State of Texas made a decision to shut it down. Poor student performance, bad facilities, and not much public support resulted in a less-than-stellar district.

Last year, state officials gave the community one more chance: spend $700,000 to build a pair of top-quality science labs and make some repairs, we’ll give you an extension.

They didn’t have the money, but they agreed.

The biggest leap forward in fundraising came from students in the surrounding districts. Students who, in show of support of the short-changed Premont youngsters, raised $65,000 for the new labs through bake sales, car washes, you name it.

$65,000.

Adults have now followed their leads. Taxpayers are going into their own pocket to repair and build new facilities.

Organized sports? They’re out as they concentrate on academics and facility repairs. And a local foundation has now pledged $100,000 to the effort.

They’ve still got a ways to go, but that student spirit is catching on.

Other money has been raised, but youngsters took the lead. Youngsters set the example. Youngsters stood up and stood for something.

Maybe at least in Jim Wells County, the future isn’t lost after all.

E-mail me at jmccaa@wfaa.com.

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