Goshen News, Goshen, IN

August 31, 2013

'Yes' vote will help Goshen youth


— I am a Gen-Y graduate of Goshen Middle School, Goshen High School and Goshen College. I continue to work and live here. It goes without saying that this community has been a major part of my life.

While at GMS and GHS I was actively involved with the music program. Whether I was playing in the orchestra or running sound for any number of musical events, I thrived on any connection to the music program that I could make. Little did I know that the arts were shaping me in more ways than I knew were possible.

Besides gathering a passion for music, I gained the social skills, common sense and leadership experience that paved the road towards future in communications. These stepping-stones ultimately planted me at a job that I love right out of college, during a time where many of my peers were wondering what to do in such an unstable economy. I owe a great deal of gratitude to the music educators who I had at GMS and GHS. I am forever indebted to them for their impact on my life.

There’s no hiding that our music facilities at both schools are in rough shape. I prefer to think of November’s (special election) as a way to give back to a young person who deserves the same opportunities that I had growing up. Goshen Schools have been blessed with wonderful educators who are growing the future leaders of our community, but they can only do so much with what they have now.

A “Yes” vote in November is not merely about facilities, it’s about equipping our educators to continue growing future leaders of Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana and this nation. Let’s vote “yes” together. Let’s show our young leaders how invested we are in their future.

— Tim Blaum

Goshen High School class of 2006