Dear Mr. Trimble,

Note: Marshall Trimble, a retired teacher, is opposing the reopening of the mineral museum and its K-12 science education programs. The April 4 post includes false, derogatory statements he made about the mineral museum on Channel 3.

Dear Mr. Trimble:

 “My name is Raina and I am in sixth grade at East Valley Academy .  I am also the only student in my school who has ever seen the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum . We used to go every year for a field trip and I remember the fluorescent rocks, the big meteor, the moon rocks, the rock food exhibit, and many other beautiful things.  We learned so much from this museum and I miss it so much.  I am thankful that I had the experience to see it but am sad because my classmates and all the other kids in Arizona will never be able to see this museum again.  Our teacher told us that the museum dates back to territorial times and we cannot understand why it was taken away.”

 “I am Tiffany and am a sixth grader at East Valley Academy . I am one of the many Arizona school students who have never been to the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum . Science and geology, in particular, are very interesting to me.  It is also an important subject for all Arizona students to be learning. This museum gave kids and people of all ages the opportunity to learn about an important part of Arizona ’s history and geology.  Why is it now gone (since 2010)?  Our teacher told us that the centennial museum that was planned to replace the AMMM never was developed and, meanwhile, a wonderful museum has been taken away.  This is just wrong.  I’m sure the rest of the kids in Arizona want it back as much as I do!”

 “I am Summer and I am in sixth grade at East Valley Academy .  I never got to see the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum but have heard many great things about it.  I love studying geology in school and I can’t understand why our state government has allowed this to happen.  I think Governor Ducey should see to it that the AMMM is restored to the same place as it was.  That museum served 40,000 kids a year in Arizona .  That many kids will never see it again if it’s stuck in a university or some other museum nobody ever visits. Everyone is always talking about how education is so important in our state and then they destroy a great museum that goes back to territorial days. All this state does is talk about Common Core and testing but museums give kids a hands-on learning experience.  Please restore the AMMM.”

 “I am Austin, a fourth grader at East Valley Academy and I would just like to say that I think it’s a shame that 40,000 schools kids (including me) have been robbed of a beautiful and educational museum that goes back to Arizona’s territorial history. It was a great learning experience for people of all ages so please restore it to its original place.  I’d like to see it before I get out of elementary school and I know lots of other kids who would too.”

 

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