Why can't sixth-grade students at Escalante play school sports? If we could, it would get students more involved in school activities, students may be able to express themselves, and they wouldn't feel left out.
Sports are my life. Without sports I wouldn't be happy or be able to show who I am and want to be. School is really not my "thing." I don't enjoy school, but I work as hard as I can to get good grades. I would pick sports over school any day. I want and need to play. It makes no sense that sixth-graders can't play school sports. I express myself with sports, and without sports you're taking away part of me and who I am. It is just not fair that seventh- and eighth-graders are the only ones who get to play school sports.
The only thing I do is play basketball. Without basketball, I can't show the school what I love to do. I know that I'm ready to play at the school level, I just need the experience. Also, it would get sixth-grade students more involved with school activities and students might make friends with the older kids. It's awkward enough to be the younger students; sixth-graders feel isolated. The school district does a good job of boxing sixth-graders off from the rest of the school.
Few of my friends are involved in school activities. Not very many kids even try to get involved in school activities. I think that if students are allowed to participate in other school teams and activities, they should be able to play sports. I know that my sixth-grade year is over and I worked my butt off at school. That's all I did, work.
So stop feeling left out. Stop thinking about expressing yourself. Stop explaining to everyone, including yourself, why you don't want to do school activities because you are scared of the older kids. Just let us play. It is time to change this unfair rule.
Tessa Leeder, sixth grade, Escalante Middle School, Durango