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What other city the size of Marco Island does not have it's own high school? You certainly do not have to leave Marco Island or socialize with 2000 other students in order to be able to function in society. I grew up going to school with the same 50 classmates from elementary school, all the way through high school in a town of 1400 people. I went on to a Public University with 8000 students. I never felt more prepared and better served than the education I received in my small town. I also gained the experience of learning how to get along in a small school where you are not just a number, but, a person that everyone cares about. By the way, going to this small school with the same students for 18 years, is an experience I would not change. It tought me to care for others, watch out for them, teach them, help them, chear them on, pressure them to succeed. Believe me, when you are not just a number, you want to succeed and not have others that you know see you fail. When you are in a big school, you can get lost in the crowd. By the way, I never felt like I could not fit in when I attended the large University, nor was it an "Eye Opener". In todays world, it is even less of an issue as I see children exposed to much more than we ever were with the internet and cable television. I seriously doubt that any child being raised on Marco feels they are sheltered. I don't know of many children that don't make it across the bridge. Again this is not about Lely, rather, why in the world would a city the size of Marco not have their own high school?
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