Crosswinds-to-Perpich merger only makes senseam writing to voice my support for the Perpich Center for Arts Education acquiring control of Crosswinds Arts & Science School.
I am writing to voice my support for the Perpich Center for Arts Education acquiring control of Crosswinds Arts & Science School. I knew little about Crosswinds until last March when the Faith-Based Health & Wellness Network in Washington County partnered with Crosswinds to hold a “Youth Expo,” and I was extremely impressed with the school’s focus on creating a safe atmosphere for students more interested in the arts than in sports to flourish and succeed. This is not the norm for more traditional schools, and unfortunately, students with a preference for art, music and drama are habitually considered abnormal, and are ridiculed and bullied.
As an advocate of those in our communities who are often ostracized as being “different,” I appreciate that parents have a choice of sending their children to a school that emphasizes diversity. Crosswinds creates an environment that cultivates healthy and respectful relationships among diverse students, which decreases the likelihood of social isolation that can lead to poor grades, truancy, the development of substance abuse and even suicide.
It only makes sense to turn control of Crosswinds to the Perpich Center that will preserve the programs and environment initiated at Crosswinds, and that has successfully served both urban and suburban students from throughout the Twin Cities for 15 years.
Dee Lindblom – Cottage Grove