Editor, The Independent:
What makes a great community? Here’s one man’s definition: A great community is built around shared experiences and interests. And people who make up that community are passionate about its success. We have that in Corunna.
Shared experiences and interests? Who doesn’t have fond memories of going to the Fair? Who doesn’t look at the Courthouse and marvel at its architectural beauty? Who doesn’t drive by the Shiawassee River and feel a sense of serenity? Who among us hasn’t enjoyed McCurdy Park? Who hasn’t enjoyed one of our many community-wide activities (Fourth of July Celebration, Applefest, the Easter egg hunt, Halloween party, etc.)?
Who hasn’t enjoyed the camaraderie of a Friday night fish fry at the VFW? Who hasn’t enjoyed the Historical Village? Who hasn’t driven in the hustle and bustle of Detroit and been thankful for the slower pace of our little piece of Heaven?
What other experiences or interests makes a great community? A great school system. And we have that here in Corunna as well. Who hasn’t felt a sense of pride when we, or someone we love, crossed the stage with their high school diploma? Who hasn’t felt a sense of passion when one of our athletic teams makes a run in the state tournament? Who hasn’t felt a sense of pride when we see one of our own use the educational experiences they have received in Corunna go on to make a difference in the world? Who didn’t feel a sense of pride when Olmsted Pool opened in the 1960s? Who didn’t feel a sense of pride when the “new” high school was opened for business in the fall of 1975?
Those shared experiences and interests are why
Nov. 3 is such a big day for the future of our city and our schools. The bond proposal will ensure our community maintains that greatness. You won’t find any “wants” on this proposal. Instead, after taking our community’s recommendations, the initial “want” list was narrowed down to what our community felt our school system needed. This bond proposal focuses on three needs: Necessary infrastructure upgrades; Necessary safety upgrades; and Necessary academic, technological and other upgrades.
All of us have chosen to make Corunna our home because of the special bond this area has deep
inside all of us. Let’s make sure we maintain that for all of the future Cavaliers!
I encourage all of you to join me in voting “Yes!” for Corunna Public Schools and our community Nov. 3. It truly is “Great to be Gold!”
John Fattal, lifelong Corunna resident