It is with a saddened heart that I write this letter addressing the malicious comment made by Margie Orr, school board president of The School District of the City of York.

Ms. Orr stated: "Why waste a school day on these kids. Their grades are already in the toilet. Why would you waste a school day?"

First and foremost, let's discuss the term that you used to address the future of our community: "These kids." Are you serious? Like they are just some piece of trash left on the side of the road.

Let me fill you in on "these kids" you referred to. "These kids" attending our hearing in Harrisburg were all chosen due to the fact that they had honor roll or distinguished honor roll for the marking period and received the citizenship award at our school. I would ask you to define the world citizenship, but let me help you out. According to Webster's dictionary citizenship is defined as, "one who properly fulfills his or her role as a citizen."

There are many opinions as to what constitutes a good citizen. Theodore Roosevelt said, "The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight.

"These kids" are a prime example of what a good citizen is and will be.

Unfortunately, some of the education leaders in public schools are not modeling for them what it means to be a true good citizen.

New Hope Academy Charter School has built not only a family for its students, but the community that surrounds its grounds. Teachers, staff, students, community members, administration and other public figures come together on a regular basis to help guide "these kids" to a better tomorrow. The doors to NHACS do not close at 3:19 when kids are dismissed.

"These kids" will be our future leaders in this nation. "These kids" will lead this community. "These kids" will have the business savvy to lead us into our future, and "these kids" will have the confidence to provide for their posterity much more than their predecessors have left for them.

LENI CORDERO