Heritage move hurts students
The foundation for my child's “Academics, Athletics, and Activities” — the motto of the Heritage Conference — is at Leechburg Area High School. It has nothing to do with the sports conference in which she competes.
Travel is going to be a problem if Leechburg moves to the Heritage. Travel to away activities will regularly be one to two hours. Research done on travel distances in both the WPIAL and Heritage shows students will travel an additional 3,000 miles per year just for sports in the Heritage. This number does not include any chorus, band or academic competitions.
Many of the students feel sports participation will leave them with no time for other activities — no dances, plays, etc. Free time is limited now and the extra travel will lessen it. Students should not be forced to choose between a game they love to play and the ability to have free time. Plus, the travel will cut into their study time.
And what about playing against students they know from other districts? We won't be playing the schools around us. How can we have rivalries against these teams?
This decision will not determine the success of these students, but it will affect their happiness.
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