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  • 5 Reasons why a small town atmosphere is a good thing

    Posted by Jennie Cacciotti on 10/27/2017




    by Blake Bradshaw on October 17 2017

    It’s the first day of school. Lindsey checks herself in the mirror and grabs her keys while hurrying out the door into the warm breeze. While driving, she goes over her schedule and takes a deep breath, wondering who will be in her IB classes, and if she’s going to end up in a back corner with no one to talk to but Charles Dickens. The uncertainty quickens her converse-clad feet to class, although she’s already 30 minutes early.

    It’s the first day of school. Braxton strolls out the front door, black coffee in hand, and embraces the warmth of the sun. He pulls into the school parking lot, and ponders the probability of being alone in any of his classes. This moment of uncertainty is instantly counteracted by the realization that in any given room, there are at least four people whom he has known since Kindergarten, and at least three more whom he has known since middle school. Confident, he readies himself for the onslaught of questions about summer heading his way, and walks into class.

    This is the difference between a massive city high school and Cactus Shadows- CCUSD’s one High School. And while the larger institution may seem like a more open atmosphere, it’s the catchall blanket of small-school relationships that boasts the better experience for students, parents, and faculty alike. Here’s five reasons why:

    1. It’s easy to find your niche. The low-key environment prompted by the small school encourages welcoming attitudes. Students and faculty feel like a family, and not your typical crazy in-laws.
    2. The school’s events are a town-wide endeavor. Homecoming alone entails a parade through the main stretch of old-town Cave Creek, as well as a student open-mic performance in town. The entire population of the area seems to support the high school, and makes everyone involved in the school feel consistently at home.
    3. You can witness student individualism. In a high school town, students have a lot of opportunity to be involved in something within the community. Whether it’s being published in a local magazine, working at a popular coffee shop, or playing their music in a nearby restaurant, the “creeker” environment propagates diverse, talented individuals with an outlet to showcase such activities.
    4. Change can be made. One voice in a sea of 10,000 is much more difficult to hear than one in 1,000. Students and faculty can create clubs, organize events, and begin campaigns for causes that they believe in to truly make a difference.

    Connections are deeper. Remaining close with your favorite colleague or old teacher is simple when nearly everyone has some type of connection. The person you miss is likely down the hall, and at least never more than a few miles away.

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