Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 23, 2012, 5:17 p.m. EST by ztohovey
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My name is Ava and I'm a junior in high school. Right now, I attend public school in Indiana but have been in high schools in Michigan and Chicago as well, everything from music boarding schools whose tuition (not to mention housing) is more than some private universities, to public schools with a 51% drop-out rate. I don't think the wealth-divide in this country could have been more clearly illustrated for me than it has been these last three years. In any rate, at so many of the schools I've been in, I've met students bristling under budget cuts, bad textbooks, no facilities and a population that would rather give their lives to a corporation than pay one cent more in taxes for their kids' educations. We're in an odd place in high school, not being able to strike out directly at the forces that bind us to our cardboard lunches and vending-machine lessons because the causes of our strife aren't right in front of us. But I feel that Occupy Wall Street can give us, the younger 99%, a voice. I've put together a website for more cohesive high school organization. It's main point, right now, is to get high schoolers talking and sign a general letter of protest (SIGN THE LETTER), also open to parents/guardians and teachers. I want the site to be a starting point: there's a section where students can link any social network page, blog, or website they create for their high school to this main site, a place for discussion about issues specific to high schoolers (which I'm still working on, but it's meant to be fluid and everything is a creation of collective input), and an opportunity to share posters to put up at school.
Here's the site: http://occupyhighschool.com/
I hope it helps. I feel that it will facilitate more youth involvement and bring Occupy to schools around the country. Please take a look, spread the word, and join in by leaving a comment. I'm emailing a link to other education-related Occupy sites, like OccupyEducation (everything's in the LINKS section).