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Editor's Voice: The Blue and Gold Club is an asset to our schools

Posted 2/26/13

With sports programs at public schools pushed closer to the chopping block because of tight finances, it’s disheartening to think that the Blue and Gold Club, which supplements the needs of Middletown Area School District sports, could …

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Editor's Voice: The Blue and Gold Club is an asset to our schools

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With sports programs at public schools pushed closer to the chopping block because of tight finances, it’s disheartening to think that the Blue and Gold Club, which supplements the needs of Middletown Area School District sports, could dissolve.

Members had considered it because the club has struggled to lure new members, club representatives told the Middletown Area School Board at a Feb. 14 meeting. The remaining members had considered disbanding the club and splitting the $13,000 it has among the sports at Middletown Area High School.

In these tough financial times, school boards are pressed even more to cut spending to keep taxes down. A booster club like the Blue and Gold Club, which raises funds for sports, is an asset  that’s even more valuable in these uncertain economic times.

“We need you more than ever,’’ board President Barbara Layne told club members, and, boy, is that true.

The club was formed in the 1990s to help all sports in the district by filling needs on coaches’ “wish lists.’’ The club’s first purchase: A golf cart for trainers to use to transport injured student-athletes.

The club hadn’t had a request for help since last spring, said Tim Noll, a member. But requests have begun to come in since a recent meeting with Superintendent Lori Suski. The club is vital again.

“That’s not something we want to see go away,’’ Suski said of the club.

Turns out the Blue and Gold Club will not go away. Members plan to continue raising money for sports now that they know they are needed. We hope residents take heed and volunteer – in sports-crazed Middletown, the club should not die for a lack of interest.

Sports provide important lessons to our children – including teamwork, and a sense of accomplishment. The Blue and Gold Club will make sure our children have everything they need to participate.

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