Letter: Community Should Come Together to Build New Galvin
Wakefield resident Colleen Guida writes about the pride she felt when the community came together to build a new World War II Memorial, and how she wants to see the community work together once again to build a new middle school in Wakefield.
This past Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2011, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the unveiling of a beautiful new Veteran’s War Memorial on the picturesque Wakefield Common. I could not have been more proud of the members of my community who came together and worked hard to make this happen. The ceremony was so well thought out and a fitting tribute to those members of our community who fought and died to uphold the values of our country. Our community took on a challenge and tirelessly worked to make this dream of a new memorial a reality.
Presently, I am reminded of this event in light of the recent articles regarding the construction of a new Galvin Middle School. Now, I am well aware that the scope of the Galvin project does not compare to the Veteran’s Memorial project. However, what I am reminded of is how a community came together for a greater good. No one could honestly say that our veterans are not deserving of a fitting and appropriate memorial. They are the most deserving. I have to admit, at first, I questioned that the old memorial could be renovated and be brought back to it’s original glory. However, I came to understand that the materials were rotting and renovation would not permanently fix the structural issues. I was thoroughly impressed by the commitment of the Veteran’s Memorial Committee to raise the funds needed to make their dream a reality.
Similarly, members of our community are trying to provide our children and future with an appropriate learning space where they can thrive in this 21st century world. Unfortunately, our Galvin Middle School, has run its course and has been in dire need of help for years. We all have been presented with the facts so I am not going to repeat all that has been stated before. I want to remind people of the importance of community. When the community comes together, we achieve things that are not possible with singular acts.
I realize that fundraising is not the vehicle taken to achieve the end result of a new Galvin. I know that this means a tax increase until the financed amount is paid off. The Galvin Middle School is a community building that sees constant use on weekdays and weekends. As one supports the smaller project of honoring our veterans, it is my hope that the project of providing our young population with an appropriate learning environment would be supported to. I, along with many of my fellow community members, take pride in the close-knit supportive community that we live in. Let us come together to achieve a goal and not let this goal separate us.