To the editor:

(Re: “School expansion gives district opportunity to create a consistent memorial policy,” June 18, 2015) Tim, my friend, I must respectfully but fervently disagree with your editorial in the recent Commonwealth.

Before the proposed school expansion was even a thought, the memorials to Ripon School District students who tragically left us too soon, were left standing with pride and the ability to reflect, remember and always see that student’s lasting legacy, forever imposed on the walls of their school.

Now, due to policy that I believe did not need to exist, we are losing the very art of joyfully remembering each student that graced the halls of our schools in the Ripon School District, for each of their own qualities and their own distinct and unique beauty.

We are clumping them together into a “joint memorial” that disintegrates the ability for us to remember each student uniquely and the legacy they left behind.

... And those cemeteries you spoke so “eloquently” of stating, “That’s what cemeteries are for” when responding to the need for individual memorials, thank goodness we have those cemeteries!

The final resting places for those we love and those they left behind to come, reflect, remember, cry, laugh and celebrate their lives. ...

— Erin R. Maguire

Rocky Mount, Va.

To read the entire letter, see the July 2, 2015 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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