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Generation 21: Grand County teens sound off

Marina Koepke, Ashley North, Josh Leman,
Grand County, CO Colorado

A simple solution to a complicated life

By Marina Koepke

Generation 21

It has come to my attention that a reoccurring theme is spreading throughout the world where we all seem to be pushing life’s accelerator a little too hard and stuffing our candy bags past their limits.

Why does our society feel the need to run on Monster energy drinks just so everything and more can get done as fast as possible? Simple answer: Because there is always something else we have to get done and more deadlines we have to meet.

In these past four years of high school, I can honestly say I’ve never had a good chunk of time to where I could sit down and enjoy life for what it is. I’m barely 18 years old and I’ve already been drafted into a lifelong term of this never ending chaos?! WHAT? I don’t have the stamina for this kind of existence. Something needs to be done.

Here’s a rundown of the past month: big corporations such as SAT screwing up my college enrollment, a wonderful group of people willing to volunteer their time to help fundraise for a family suddenly, 10 days before this giant event, everyone drops everything into two people’s laps (me being one of them) and expect the job to get done, continuing to excel in my ski racing while keeping straight A’s in school, finishing high school, having a family life, and working a job. Now imagine at least 10 different items stemming from these main events and voila, c’est la soupe du vie! It’s no wonder I’m going a little insane.

I’ll admit to being mostly at fault for my schedule, because I am one of those greedy kids stuffing too much candy into my bag. I’ve tried scheduling, that always ends in frustration, I’ve tried taking some candy out of my bag, but then there is always that empty space and I end up filling it back up again. I know there are many of you out there who can empathize with what I’m saying.

Never fear, I have come up with a solution to all our problems. Drop everything and move to the Caribbean.

Grand Lake Elementary, abandoned, but not forgotten

By Ashley North and Josh Leman

Generation 21

An empty building sits on the corner of a street. It’s a place where children came to play and learn, kids like Josh Leman and myself, who started our education there, with memories and life lessons learned.

In our small school we had on average 18 kids in our class, who all made the journey up to middle school and high school. But what about those who are younger than us who started out their education there?

Once Grand Lake Elementary closed in June of 2011, many children were forced to change schools. Some families were even forced to move out of the town of Grand Lake, so they could be closer to their children’s school. Now this once-decorated, filled and loving school is empty.

What I want to know is: How we can use this space for other academic needs? Perhaps it could be a Community College for Grand County, or a place for kids to go on Fridays while their parents are at work? There is no need for a building with this great value to be left empty.

A community college would be a very good use for this vacant building. Of course, there would need to be additions and renovations made, but this could help many people in Grand County. The additions could help many carpenters who are struggling to find work. It could increase the amount of money store owners take in as a result of more people in the town, as well as the rest of the county. It also provides a place of higher education for those who cannot afford to leave the county, or for those who just simply want to stay. It is a perfect place for higher education, and should not just be abandoned or go to waste. Grand Lake Elementary is a building that can be put to good use.

We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions about this topic. What do you think the Grand Lake Elementary building can be used for?

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