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Airdrie girl taking school crisis petition to the Legislature

A Grade 8 student in Airdrie has big aspirations and they start with getting more schools for her community. In April, Leah Moore started a petition urging the provincial government to immediately address the school shortage in Airdrie.
Leah Moore will take her petition to the Alberta Legislature, Nov. 16.
Leah Moore will take her petition to the Alberta Legislature, Nov. 16.

A Grade 8 student in Airdrie has big aspirations and they start with getting more schools for her community.

In April, Leah Moore started a petition urging the provincial government to immediately address the school shortage in Airdrie. Moore will present the petition to Airdrie-Chestermere MLA Rob Anderson on Nov. 16 outside of the Legislature in Edmonton.

“I figured that the Legislative Assembly would take the situation more seriously and listen to a younger person,” said the 13-year-old Muriel Clayton Middle School student.

Moore is inviting all residents of Airdrie to have their say about the school crisis on Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at A.E. Bowers Elementary School gym when the Airdrie Council of School Councils will host a rally to gather signatures for the petition.

Over the past eight months, Moore and her partners in the community, including her siblings, parents and the Airdrie Council of School Councils, have amassed between 2,500 and 2,800 signatures. That is just over half the number Moore is seeking.

“We were hoping to get more like 4,000 at least,” she said.

“This is something that affects every resident of Airdrie and I think those who would like to see a change in the school situation should sign the petition and help solve the problem.”

Moore has experienced the repercussions of the school shortage first-hand, saying there are more than 30 students per classroom in some schools and students, teachers and support staff are stressed.

Moore’s father David said he is disgusted by the situation.

“This is a terrible crisis and one that should never have happened,” he said.

“The government should have planned for this. Airdrie is growing exponentially and they should have foreseen this.”

Moore said she would ideally like to see three new schools built for Airdrie, an elementary, a middle school and a high school.

“Although, even if we got this, the schools would be full by the time they were built,” he said.

David and Moore’s mother Melinda are very proud of their daughter for taking action to find the solution to the problem.

“It is good to see someone in her generation has a plan of action and she is willing to do some of the work required to get something done,” said David.

“I’m excited that she’s taking a stand and doing something about it,” said Melinda.

“Too many kids are lackadaisical and students need to stick up for their education, not just for the learning, but to be confident in themselves in the workforce. Education is the future of our province. The people in schools now are our future doctors, lawyers, premiers and prime ministers.”

As for her visit to the Legislature, Moore has mixed feelings.

“I’m really excited and really nervous about it,” she said.

“This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this and learning the process has been really interesting. This experience has taught me one thing – I want to be prime minister. It might sound silly but ever since I started dealing with politics, I noticed how much I could fix if I were prime minister.”


Airdrie City View Staff

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