Students rally in Hampden to keep Thornton W. Burgess open

The closure will be discussed in a town meeting on April 25th

HAMPDEN, Mass. (WWLP) – A group of students chose Tuesday to get the word out about an upcoming town meeting vote to close the Thornton W. Burgess Middle School in Hampden.

Students lined Somers Road in Hampden with signs pleading to save the town’s middle school. The regional school committee voted to recommend closing Burgess Middle School, and having all students in Hampden and Wilbraham attend Wilbraham Middle School.

There’s a reason why the students rallied on “Super Tuesday.”

Anne Anemi, a Thornton W. Burgess parent, said, “They have made the posters today to show that, although they can’t vote, they have a voice. And they don’t want their school to close.”

“Our town needs our 2 schools,” said Anne Marie Noel of Hampden. “We only have 2 schools here. If you close one school and kids are going to be educated in another town, what does that do to your town?”

Residents hope to add the issue to the agenda for Hampden’s town meeting on April 25th. That town meeting will take place at the Burgess Middle School.

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