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Student and Mom to Demonstrate for Aide


Dear Editor:

I am a student who attends Wyalusing Valley High School and, while I would prefer most people didn’t know, I have a learning disability. With some modifications and the help of an aide, I’ve learned a lot over the years, and I still have a lot to learn.

For the past few years, Renee Shoemaker has been my aide. A few weeks ago, I found out that she is being laid off. “Mrs. Shoes” and I work well together, and I want her to stay on as my aide.

I am planning a peaceful demonstration on the last day of school, Wednesday, June 15, from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m., and invite anyone to join me and show support for “Mrs. Shoes.”

Patrick T. Chapman



Dear Editor:

I am the proud mother of Patrick Chapman and wanted to expand on his letter. Due to budget cuts, layoffs are being made in our district, Patrick’s aide, Renee Shoemaker is on the layoff list. Patrick will still have an aide next year.

Renee Shoemaker has been an aide to Patrick for several years. Patrick’s education depends on someone who is familiar with his learning style and personality. The next few years are critical in his education, and I don’t want to see his education compromised by starting over with a new aide.

Students are drawn to Mrs. Shoemaker’s outgoing personality and her gentle manner. She fits in easily and is helpful to all of the students. She is an asset not only to Patrick but all of the students in our school.

Our district should be making decisions based on the value and skills of an employee, not just seniority. The aide position for Patrick is not being eliminated and we feel, therefore, Renee Shoemaker should remain employed as she currently is the aide to Patrick.

I, too, will be showing my support near the Wyalusing High School on Wednesday, June 15 for Renee Shoemaker.

Julie Chapman



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