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Voice: Student says teachers need a contract

March 29, 2001

First of all my name is Melissa Velazquez. I'm now attending seventh grade at Wilson Junior High.

When I grow up, I would like to be a lawyer. I've worked a lot to get where I am now. It is important that you know that there are people who would like to be someone and we are not going to make it without someone like a teacher.

It is also important to let you know that there are people who are very enthusiastic and some are not. The teachers are the important ones because it's like if they were standing in the middle. Teachers have a hard job, not always but most of the time.

Teachers enjoy working, but they are also worried about their future. I don't think anyone likes to work for free. Like I said, they enjoy working with us and we do too, but I don't think it's fair. I like to grow knowing that my teachers are not feeling uncomfortable. I like to grow knowing that they always will be there to help me and to have a friend in them.

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Since I remember, my teachers are and were always helping me. Now it's my turn to try. I was just thinking that without a contract, teachers may stop working whenever they like. For some of us that's a scary thought. I like to be the one that would make you think about our future. If you guys really cared about our education you'd give teachers their contract.

Without teachers, we wouldn't be anything. I like to be the voice of all of those people who care about their future careers, future and families. That's why I'm asking you to think about them and us.

I wouldn't like to think that problem like this would affect our future. I'd like to thank you a lot for reading and putting attention to my reply.

MELISSA VELAZQUEZ

El Centro

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