LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Funding is tight at a number of schools and for one Southern Indiana district, the budget crisis comes down to either cutting classes or closing its doors, but you can help change that.
These days the small town of Medora, Indiana has at least one bright spot according to Superintendent Roger Bane.
That beacon is the high school.
“The school is the heartbeat of the community,” said Bane. “I don’t know of anyone that is associated with the school, or have kids in the school, that hasn’t asked what they can do to save it.”
In a community with few resources, students Jalen Beesley and Chase Booker depend on home economics and industrial technology classes to prepare them for the real world.
“Ever since my freshman year, I’ve taken these classes and outside of school it’s really shown,” said Beesley. “I use a lot of the things that these guys teach us in school.”
"Most kids don’t get a lot of help, and these classes help the kids that need the help that they get,” said Booker.
With the school district facing a $258,000 deficit, those classes are on the chopping block.
“If we don’t make the cuts we’re looking at closing at the end of next school year,” said Bane.
Since Superintendent Bane still sees the benefits of these programs he decided to take his students pleas for help to the worldwide web.
“I set up a GoFundMe account hoping that there are other people out there who think there is some value in these classes, and these programs, and will help us out to keep them at least another year,” said Bane.
The school needs to raise $114,000 to save the two programs. So far, the effort is far away from its goal. A goal students say is more than worthy.
“There are a lot of kids in this town that need help and need classes like this,” said Booker. “The more they take away from these schools the less these kids get. The more people donate the more kids will get to learn for after high school.”
If you'd like to get involved and help out we have a link click here: https://www.gofundme.com/bazpenqk