BOONSBORO ? Hunched over a piece of poster board, 10-year-old Iris Wechsler and her friends were busy brainstorming.
In large letters at the top of their poster, the girls wrote, "The magnet program must stay."
Reasons for keeping the magnet program at Boonsboro Elementary School came easy.
They are learning. They are having fun. Their classes are more advanced. They enjoy learning.
Iris and about 25 other children spent Tuesday night drawing on posters and writing letters to the Washington County Board of Education, asking them not to take away the world languages and global communications magnet program that has been there since the previous school year.
Iris' mother, Heidi Welsh of Boonsboro, said parents organized the gathering after Board Member Bernadette M. Wagner suggested that the school's magnet program be moved to Rockland Woods Elementary. Wagner has said the suggestion was made to entice parents to move their children to Rockland Woods from an overcrowded Boonsboro Elementary.