Wind project benefits education

I retired in 2015 after 35 years teaching art and technology for the Seneca East Local School District. I was able to do a lot of wonderful projects with my students, but over the years there were things we could not afford because our school did not have the budget for it. I remember feeling jealous of my friends who taught in districts like Oak Harbor and Marysville that were anchored by major economic development projects. When I saw the level of resources those districts had, I hoped that Seneca East could someday land a major business that could support our district in the same way.

We now have that chance with the prospect of wind energy projects bringing hundreds of thousands of dollars to our district each year. Living as we do in a rural area, we do not have the advantages urban centers have with large businesses or factories — but we can strengthen and diversify our economy by attracting renewable energy developments. When I see a large energy tower — as I often did growing up near Niagara Falls — I don’t view it as an eyesore; I see economic opportunity.

During my career, I was involved with negotiating wage raises. I was reminded by others that the field of education was not a profession with high pay. I have always looked for ways to supplement our family income. Purchasing land and signing a land agreement with Seneca Wind offered a chance to do that. As of today, it looks like our property may not qualify for a turbine after all. That would be disappointing, but I support Seneca Wind and other local wind projects all the same.

When I hear people threatening to never vote for another school levy if the wind project is constructed, I am taken back to my childhood when my father told me, “Even when the game you are playing is not going in your favor, you should never take your ball and go home.”

Our country will benefit from clean, renewable energy, and our schools, townships and libraries will benefit from new revenue.

Anne Fry, Bloom Township