Online school provided needed options, opportunities

I was worried that a brick-and-mortar school wouldn’t have all the resources I needed to succeed. That’s why I made the decision to choose a different route for my education and attend school online. Because of this choice, I was able to get experiences that wouldn’t have been available in my local school. Most importantly, I can now confidently say that I’m prepared for college.

Attending Idaho Virtual Academy has provided me with opportunities I couldn’t have gotten anywhere else. For example, I picked a unique choice for my foreign language class: Chinese. There’s no way I would’ve had the chance to take that language if I attended a local brick-and-mortar school in my rural community.

I also had the chance to take dual enrollment courses during my high school experience. This month, I’ll graduate with nearly 30 college credits. Not only is this saving me thousands of dollars on tuition, it’s also preparing me to tackle a full college course load when I arrive on my university campus.

As I prepare to graduate, I can’t help but look back with a sense of gratitude for all the opportunities I’ve had. Online school gave me the chance to grow as a lifelong learner. If it can do this for me, then it can do the same for others.

Molly Van Steenwyck

Harpster, Idaho

We need more activists like Moscow fourth-grader

Imagine the power of a fourth grader teaming with a state senator, seriously, a force to be reckoned with. (‘Fourth-grader reopens plastic bag conversation’ by Scott Jackson, Daily News, May 29, 2019)

This is exactly what is needed: writing letters and not giving up until someone who represents us listens and takes action. That is how Results volunteers are working to make sure the funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria continues. Though great progress has been made against these pandemics, either we continue the work to eventually control them, or they come roaring back, threatening people everywhere.

We need more activists like Emerson Shuffield, willing to do what it takes to make the positive changes humanity needs.

Willie Dickerson

Snohomish, Wash.

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