Financial Straights Shouldn’t Deter Giant Celebration

Casey Miller, Sports Editor

For the second time in three years, the San Francisco Giants have won the coveted World Series trophy.  Numerous celebrations have been held since the team defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the tenth inning of the deciding game on October 28th.  Taco Bell served up free Doritos Locos Tacos for a few hours across the country as a result of Angel Pagan stealing a base.  As per usual, there was a massive parade in San Francisco on October 31st to celebrate the sweep of the Tigers.

Most people were happy with the celebrations and some even took the day off to witness the parade.  However, it has become an issue for the Acalanes school district.  Every time a student is absent, the district loses money.

Who wouldn’t want to go to a parade in the city with friends and celebrate the Giants victory?  Freshman Lauren Torres said, “If you are a true fan, you go to the parade.  I’ve been a fan as long as I can remember.”

Eighteen year old seniors are able to sign themselves out and drive themselves into the city.

For some, the only things holding them back from skipping class might have been a big test or their parents not allowing them to miss school.  Sophomore Chris Wilson said, “My dad wouldn’t let me go, because I’d be missing classes like AP Euro.”

But did anyone actually consider the consequences that taking a day off had on the school?  It’s doubtful.
It’s not often someone can say that their home team won the World Series and they have a chance to go to a parade with the rest of the team’s dedicated fans.  It’s happened twice in the past three years — but think about how long that took to happen: The Giants have resided in San Francisco since 1958, but until 2010 the city had not enjoyed a world championship season.

While the loss of funds is unfortunate, once (or twice) in a lifetime moments shouldn’t be overlooked. I say, you should have been out there partying with rest of the baseball fans in the Bay Area.

If you do feel guilty about the funding lost to the school for your absence, then send a check for $28 to the district office.  That’s the approximate amount per student, the district loses for every student absence.