To the Editor: Pay to participate may be tough on families
Written by Henry Zaborniak, Sr.   
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 09:38
Before I get to the subject, I would like to qualify my position by stating that I am an 85-year-old senior citizen. My concern deals with the Pay to Participate Programs in schools. My concern is that the schools need money to conduct the programs (football, basketball, band, cheerleaders, etc.) and the proceeds from admissions help defray the costs. Here is the point: many area schools give free passes to senior citizens. Of all the people, they are often the ones who can well afford to pay their way.
In Pay to Participate Programs, the families of the students interested in participating in the activity must pay a fee. These same families are then asked to pay to see their children perform in these programs. Let's assume that the price of admission is $6 per adult and $3 per student. If a family of five attends a given function (two adults and three students), the cost for the family would be $21. If the family attends five such functions, the cost to the family exceeds $100 plus the money spent to allow the student to participate. Though the family must spend to see the participating child, senior citizens are given free passes to these activities by many of the area schools.
Some people say that giving free passes to the senior citizens helps to secure votes for school district issues. I do not agree. I don't believe that attempting to buy the votes of seniors achieves anything. I would suggest that the districts charge (a reduced amount) to seniors to take some of the financial burden off of the parents in our communities.
Henry Zaborniak, Sr.
Bowling Green
 

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