I have great grandchildren that have been or will be attending Walton Rural Life Center. I hear nothing but praise for Walton Rural Life Center. I hear nothing but praise for Walton from students, parents and teachers. Because of its uniqueness, it needs to be in a rural setting, and Walton is a rural community. It may well be the best elementary school in the district. It is a known fact that students from Walton Rural Life Center are well prepared for future grades. 

Moving it to Newton would destroy the said uniqueness, and most likely, it would not continue as a rural life school. As a property owner, I can state categorically that I will not vote for any bond issue that closes or drastically changes Walton Rural Life Center. And I will urge everyone I speak with to do the same. 

Please do not close Walton. Do not destroy something good. 

— Laurie Hartke, Newton