A group of eighth-graders at Ascend, a K-8 school in Fruitvale, were concerned about what this would mean for the younger students. They got together and wrote a petition to keep “Coach Josh” next year. One of those students, Jose Jauregui, wrote this piece about why they did it. -Katy
The new depression, it’s hard and confusing even for kids. Oakland, like most of California, is poor and losing money.
It’s understandable why Sports4Kids would have need to leave middle schools. For our school, Ascend, it would be very difficult because not only will the middle school section lose its awesome coach but so will the elementary part. Younger kids need more than middle schoolers, and the fact that most of them are family and friends, we had to do something to save Sports4Kids and Coach Josh.
We chose to made a petition because it’s probably the most effective method students can use. My school is lucky for having a coach that is respectable and trustworthy. He’s a little bit like a mentor. He took the time to get to know us and understand us. We shouldn’t have to survive with a run of the mill coach because we would fear physical activity instead of look forward to it. The younger students deserve a coach who is also a person. Someone who will take the time and treat them like individuals. Someone like our coach.