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Editor: Having attended the community forum at Hapnot Collegiate, I am now prompted to write this letter. First and foremost, hats off to the organizers. This was a very well organized evening. For those of us who attended, I felt we learned something. To the people making the decisions, there will be some tough choices to be made and forums like this are a way to ensure that you have a good idea on what people are thinking a saying. To that end, I say congratulations to the organizers. The second reason I was prompted to write this letter was to ask where were all the K-12 parents? Of almost 1,500 students one would think that at least 100 could have made the effort to attend something that is going to effect our most valuable resource, the youth of our community. Out of the approximately 60 people in attendance, I would have to think 30 were affiliated with the division in some form, there were five Hapnot students (hats off to you), one reporter, and the rest were interested parents. The discussions included things such as what we perceived as important basic skills, courses offered, social development and facilities, along with other decisions just as important to our students. Two hours to help shape the future of your children, surely not too much to ask of anyone. To those of you with no children in the school system, you still pay taxes and have the right to attend any of these meetings. These children could be your niece, nephew and even grandchildren Ð or just the kid next door. They still need your time and knowledge. So the next time you see a forum being advertised please attend and don't stay away in apathy. Being involved in our most valuable resources can only be a good thing. Ð An involved and informed citizen