On April 12th, someone posted a comment on the April 9th Mineral Museum Madness blog post. It asserted that letters from students about the mineral msueum are fake. They are not, and anyone who doubts it is invited to East Valley Academy to meet the children who wrote them. Another letter from Gabriel follows:
Dear Mr. Trimble,
My same is Gabriel and I’m a sixth grader at East Valley Academy . I moved to Phoenix from Canada in 2009. My family took me to the AZ Mining and Mineral Museum before I came to this school and I remember it well even though I was young. It was the neatest thing I saw in a long time. My favorite exhibits were the fluorescent rocks, the fossils, the meteorite. the huge quartz crystal from Brazil , and the “rock” food. It’s a bad thing that school kids in Arizona haven’t been able to see this great museum since 2010. My teacher gives us an interesting unit on earth science but not all kids in Arizona are lucky enough to see all this cool stuff. My teacher got most of her collection from the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum . Please bring this museum back!
The AHS does not seem to realize how many hundreds of thousands of students and teachers it has offended by the senseless closure of the top rated mineral museum. Those students will never be AHS members. They won’t want to have their tax dollars given to the AHS either. The longer the AHS resists restoration of the mineral museum, the more it threatens its future existence.
note: the author of this blog believes that the AHS abruptly closed the mineral museum ahead of schedule in 2011 because of thousands of letters that children were sending to Governor Brewer and the AHS begging that it be kept open. If so, it was the meanest thing any state agency ever did.