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Northampton Students Fight to Save Programs from Budget Cuts

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Students are rallying in Northampton to help save their activities from possible budget cuts.

Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of Northampton students and community members marched from Northampton High School to downtown Northampton to rally and “celebrate creativity and arts” in an effort to create awareness and support for saving portions of the curriculum.

The Northampton Public School district is facing a $1.4 million budget gap and now concerns of many are that programs like art, music and theater  will be cut.

Danielle Rizzo was one of the students attending the rally,”I’m here to save art and music, art is so important to me, this is my future,” says Rizzo.

Arlo Siegel feels strongly about the arts as well,” Especially in a community like Northampton where the arts are really valued that I think it’s important to show the community through numbers that it’s just as important as academics and athletics as well,” says Siegel.

Cate Damon directs the school’s musical but she wonders for how much longer,” I understand we probably won’t have a musical next year if these cuts are put into place,” says Damon.

Among those watching was Northampton School Superintendent Brian Salzer. He says the budget gap leaves schools between a rock and a hard place,” We have to have 990 hours od education for our students and it has to be mainly focussed in the core academic areas so unfortunately all the elective areas are the ones that become vulnerable to budget cuts.

Budget cuts that students say would hurt the quality of their education.

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