Posted by daviddalegearhead On December 20, 2012 Comments Off on

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The 2020 team.
Not pictured: Braydon, Cora, Jamison, Jayden

Save Our Team!

The following was a blog post a couple of months ago.  Unfortunately the situation has not changed.  Please read the post below!

Granite City Gearheads need your help right now or we will cease to be as a team. I believe that St. Cloud area students will lose something very valuable. It will leave this district as the only district in our area (with the exception of Royalton, which is much smaller) to not have an FRC team.

This is happening because the district has made the decision that all sports and activities must start by 4 pm. Our wonderful Coach, Corey Applegate, and all of our mentors, with the exception of myself, work in the community and therefore are unable to be at Apollo until 5:30. The district speaks of putting the team on hold, but that is essentially a death sentence. Once that has happened teams rarely if ever come back.

So we need a new Coach. The ideal person would be someone that will have the support of many excited team members with many of the following skills of engineering, business, critical thinking, and other life skills that can be mentored using robotics. If you know of someone with those skills who might be interested, please have them contact the school district. They could also look for the job posting on the district’s available positions pages. it’s job ID 5815, I don’t see a way to create a link to the individual job, but here is a link to the page. When I load it, the position is at the top of this page.

Another possible solution would be to find a new location. We checked into several alternative locations, but didn’t find anything that would meet our needs. If you know of a location where they will allow us to meet after 5:30 please let us know!

Finally, if you want local students to be able to be a part of the original, largest, and (in my opinion) best robotics organization, and the only one in Minnesota where students can letter in Robotics, please talk to or email a school board member. I am convinced that if the district understood what they will be losing they would make greater efforts to keep this team alive.

As someone who has been a part of this organization for 10 years, first as a parent, then as a mentor, I have seen what this team can do for kids. I have seen students grow in skills and confidence. I have seen students find their direction. I have loved being a part of this team, and I retain a passion for FIRST. That will not change. I am a “lifer”. I am all in. I am beyond disappointed that something so valuable can be lost because of issues of meeting times and places. Please consider what you can do to prevent this loss for our district and student



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