Letter to the Editor by Alex L., Corning-Painted Post High School

To Whom It May Concern,

I am currently a student enrolled in a Syracuse University Forensic Science course, offered uniquely at Corning Painted-Post High School. Through this program, I have had opportunities to learn topics that interest me that I would have not had access to otherwise. By paying for this course I learn valuable and skillful information that is applicable to the “real world”, while earning college credit. By learning information so prominent and essential in our modern world, it is necessary to gain real, hands on experience to understand fully what criminal justice means in our society. This is what an educational trip to the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York would provide to my classmates and I. Being able to experience what exactly occurs in a maximum security prison would assist the potential Forensic Scientists of Corning Painted-Post High School in exploring fields within a Criminal Justice career path. Criminal Justice is such a huge part of what makes our country run smoothly, so it is crucial that there are new and open minded students motivated for this broad field. As a junior deciding what college and what career I would like to pursue, I cannot think of a more useful resource than an educational trip to support my choice. Unfortunately, funds are low in our district currently due to the renovations of the schools, so no transportation would be available. The district is also nervous about sending a group of students to a prison. I am asking for your help to persuade the Corning-Painted Post High School administration to allow a group of mature and prepared students to go to Attica for valuable information. A one day visit to the Attica Correctional Facility for a group of Syracuse University certified high school students would allow for insight into the Criminal Justice field and would assist in our choice of career path.

Thank you for your consideration,
Alex L., Corning-Painted Post High School

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