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I am deeply saddened by the recent headlines
regarding school closings and the loss of teachers due to cutbacks.
It's not that I don't understand the issues schools are facing, but
I truly believe that we will be suffering in the end due to this
crisis in our education system. Time and time again, we've dealt
with kids dropping out and other school issues regarding lack of
funding and such, but we've yet to find the answers we need.
The priority for not only parents and schools needs to be
education and educators; we need to band together as whole
communities and do whatever it takes to maintain that teacher in the
classroom. They are not just educators, but mentors and motivators.
Sometimes they are one of the few positive adult role models a child
might see on a regular basis. As a community, I think that it is
important to look at the issue as a whole -- not just district by
district, but together, collectively, finding solutions for each and
every facility that is experiencing the crunch.
One option that I think deserves a closer look is something that
would take a little bit of a risk, but one that I feel would pay off
and pay off big! Businesses that are always trying to entice a
community to shop locally and to support them locally should band
together, or stand alone if they choose, to sponsor a teacher. It
might not be feasible for small businesses to take on alone, but
grouping together would make it work. School runs from August till
May; sponsor one teacher and pay their wages (just base wages --
nothing more, nothing less) and allow them to stand where they will
make the most difference, and that is in the classroom. This will
allow that difference to be felt, not only to those students, but to
the school and to the community. This allows you, the businesses, to
help that domino effect get started. The difference would begin with
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How would this reflect positively on you? How would this be more
than just money out of pocket for the business? I know as a parent
of six children in this community I would definitely be easily
enticed and have a greater interest in spending my hard-earned
dollars in a local business that I knew to be a teacher sponsor. I
know that I would look for advertising, print or signage, that
highlighted a business that was sponsoring a teacher, and I think
that many parents would do the same.
This is just some food for thought. Change is always slow to
happen, but in a time as we are experiencing today, our educators
and children are facing issues that we as a community need to help
address the best way we can. Look at your business, look at what you
can do, and look at your friends in the business community and band
together to make a difference. It's a sign of true dedication to the
future of our community!
April 28, 2010]
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