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Parents try to restore cut programs

Irondequoit, N.Y. - What started as a movement on social media, moved to the basement of the Irondequoit United Church of Christ Monday night.

About 50 parents and community members, part of W.I.S.E. or West Irondequoit Supports Education, met in hopes of restoring some of the programs cut, as part of the district's budget cuts last week.

"It's an opportunity for us to all meet each other in person and talk about the issues and the concerns that we're most passionate about and to figure out how to connect with each other and move forward on those issues," parent Collene Burns said.

The meeting served as a forum to ask questions and brainstorm ideas.

"I thought tonight's meeting was very informative. I think it was a great starting point to start getting together, to help come up with ideas to help institute reinstating some of the programs in the budget cuts," parent Pam Goldsberry said.

From AP courses to drama club and sports, the latter seemed to draw a lot of attention.

Many parents have expressed their interest in helping the district's Modified B Sports program, which would need all $95,000 in about a month.

"We had over 50 people here tonight that are here to support all of West Irondequoit and some of the programs that, unfortunately we can't have anymore. To have folks come out tonight and support our students is wonderful," W. Irondequoit schools Director of Health and P.E. and Athletics Anthony Lipani said.

While finding a solution may be a challenge, the group says it's one they're willing to take on.

"I think we're up to it. We're a very diverse community that is passionate about their school district and about the people that live here," parent Sharon Kunkel said.



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