An impressive show of conviction and planning was recently on display by a group of Lower Merion School District Students, who presented the School Board with a well-thought-out plan to save and preserve Oakwell. See The Video
Lower Merion School District touts their excellence in education, and their cooperation with the community, But actions speak louder than words. A hasty decision made years ago threatens to destroy hundreds of trees and an historic estate. While public support to save the property is growing, the school district stubbornly continues to forge ahead with their costly, ill-conceived plan
As Save Oakwell continues to draw more attention, this vibrant video was shot and edited by a Lower Merion Township resident who heard about the cause and wanted to visit Oakwell for himself. See what he saw.
Harriton High School Student Pauli Voelkel Takes us on a Tour of Oakwell.
Lower Merion High School Senior Noa Fohrer Tells the LM School Board That They Are Out Of Touch With What Students Really Want, and That Destroying Oakwell Is Definitely Not On Their List Of Things To do.
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Some say that those of us who oppose the School Board plan to destroy hundreds of trees for ball fields are pitting the children against the trees. Nothing could be further from the truth. Of course our children are more important than the trees. Our children are also more important than school district programs.
Yes, we do understand the importance of school sports. But the greatest threat our children face is the prospect of environmental catastrophe. Environmental degradation will have a more profound impact on our children and their generation than any school program.
The School Board has prioritized its programs before our kids’ futures. They have endorsed a plan for sports fields, and then, having acknowledged that it is an environmentally bad plan, expect compromises be made to support those plans. The School Board has it backwards.
For the benefit of our kids’ future, we first need to commit to avoiding further environmental destruction, and then, given the constraints imposed, devise the best programs possible. Our children’s planet, and therefore our children, come first, not the programs. Our children deserve better from us. Twenty years from now we want to tell them with pride we acknowledged the problem and were were part of the solution, and contributed to saving their finite, priceless natural world.
“When children play in natural spaces, they’re far more likely to invent their own games than in more structured settings – a key factor in becoming self-directed and inventive adults later in life”
"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people."
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Trees are sanctuaries.”