I’m an eighth grader at El Dorado Middle School and I would like to talk to you about why I think we need a new middle school.  So let me tell you a little about a typical school day for me.  I start it by entering the school and sitting in the gym.


Dear Citizens of El Dorado,

I’m an eighth grader at El Dorado Middle School and I would like to talk to you about why I think we need a new middle school.  So let me tell you a little about a typical school day for me.  I start it by entering the school and sitting in the gym.  The gym can be really hot with about 480 students in there and we’re sitting on cement bleachers.  

There are more eighth graders here then seventh or sixth graders and they split the bleachers in three groups and when we’re all in the gym some of the eighth graders have to sit in the seventh grade section because we don’t have enough room.

Next we go to our lockers in the small hallways and since eighth is the biggest group it’s really cramped and congested when we are all trying to go in different directions. Another problem is that the lockers are very close together so it’s hard to get in and out without bumping into someone else.

When you have a huge algebra book, English book, your backpack, your binder, and anything else you bring to school with you it makes for a really crammed locker.  

After going to my locker, I go to my classes for first and second hour.  When I walk into my
classrooms some of the first things that come to mind is small and noisy.

The noise is because the air conditioner is on and kids are trying to talk louder than the air conditioner. It feels kind of sad and gloomy because you just can’t do much to the middle school to make it seem all bright and cheerful.  

There isn’t a whole lot of space in the classrooms.  Desks and computers take up a lot of room.  The A.C. is really loud so the teachers find it hard to talk over it.  Sometimes they turn it off and it gets really hot.  One time in sixth grade the heat went off in one of my classrooms and we had to wear coats.

For third hour I have band. I love band but again a small room and the shelving units aren’t the best. As an eighth grader I get the top shelf and they aren’t the sturdiest. Sometimes I feel like they’re going to fall down when I get my instrument.  

Lunch is next and the lunchroom is also small. I go back to my classes until it’s time for technology.

 When I go to the tech lab I see a big space that is out dated. I have friends who are in wheelchairs and they have to go outside the building to get into the tech lab.  Mr. Garbee says, “Technology is always getting bigger and better!” and we need rooms that can handle this new technology.   

I know this is a lot for you to take in and a lot to think about. I won’t be able to use a new middle school because I’m going to the beautiful, non-gloomy high school next year.  

But I know a lot of younger kids and I have a younger brother and I would like it if they could go to a wonderful new El Dorado Middle School. They could learn a lot and have a great learning environment.  Thank you for reading this and please think about everything you have just read and please keep your children or grandchildren or other children in the community in mind when you vote.

Thanks for listening!

Brooke Ryan, El Dorado Middle School Student