REDFIELD, Ark. (KTHV) - Up until now only parent have sounded off in the fight to save Redfield Middle School, but now some students are getting involved and taking their concerns all the way to "the top."
By the "top" there, we're talking about the President of the United States. Seventh-grader Sara Beth Farley wrote a letter to President Obama about a month ago, asking him to do whatever he can to save Redfield Middle School. It is set to close this fall.
"Dear Mr. President Obama, my name is Sara Beth Farley. I live in Redfield Arkansas," Farley read from the letter she recently wrote to the President.
About a month ago, 7th grader Sara Beth Farley "penned" a two- and-half page letter on notebook paper to Mr. Obama, pushing to save her school.
"It pains me to see them shut down such a big and major part of our town," Farley read from more of the letter.
Last month, the White Hall School Board voted to close Redfield Middle School, saying financially they just can't keep the building open with rising healthcare and renovation costs, but Farley feels money should not be the deciding factor.
"If they do not keep our Redfield Middle School open, it will surely affect us kids' education," Farley read more of the letter and added, "It's my first year, and I already feel so close to it because everybody accepts you there, and all the teachers help you. They actually give you one-on-one help if you need it."
"I am asking you to please do everything in your power to save our school," Farley read aloud.
While no response has come in yet, Farley's hopeful that her written words won't go unnoticed at the White House.
"I'll give it time to wait, of course, because it takes awhile, but I feel confident he will at least try to help us," Farley said.
In the meantime, she said that some of her classmates are following her lead.
"When they found out that I wrote it to the President, they were like 'I want to write one, I want to write one,'" Farley said.
It's adding to the student appeal to keep this place open, line by line.
THV 11 did put a call into the White House Media Affairs Office to see if they've received Farley's letter. The office told us to write an email with a request, but THV 11 has yet to receive a response.
The back-up plan right now is to bus the Redfield students to White Hall Middle School.
Concerned residents of Redfield have met with state education leaders to keep their school open, but no intervention has happened there yet.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Education said the agency doesn't have the authority to overrule a school district decision.
Farley's grandfather said that he's trying to work with his state senator to get a meeting with the governor.