The new academic year is upon us and students, teachers, staff and administrators share a sense of anticipation. This year, as in many past years, my students will be provided with a box of crayons and several lead pencils.
But there will be NO COLORED PENCILS this year. Due to the budget crisis, this is but a tiny example of how our budget is being stretched thin.
Without supplemental support for our students, their education will be so much less vibrant. So, what could I do? I went to a local office supply and bought my students colored pencils. No biggie. Teachers always spend hundreds of out of pocket dollars on enhancements for their students. Amazing parents, come to Back to School night and support the class, too.
This year parents, teachers and our community partners will rise to the challenge again. There will be field trips and assemblies from PTA, site specific needs will be met by booster clubs, health needs will be met by the CC Youth Health Clinic and the CCEF will support us in so many ways. Through their ALL for 1 campaign, every grade 3 student will be given a musical instrument. The Music Center will provide professional Jazz musicians and We Tell Story actors to inspire our kids. Gardens will be planted through Growing Great, and SuccessMaker will boost English and Math scores.
This year, like last year, I will be writing an additional check. I will join PTA, my local site groups, the CC Youth Health Clinic and CCEF, and I will send in an extra hundred for the ALL for 1 campaign. I am confident that my contribution will come back to benefit every child in CCUSD.
I hope you will join me by contributing: ccef90230.org/donate. In return, I offer you the thanks of every teacher/staff member in the district. Your kids will thank you, by benefiting from a vibrant school year.
El Marino Language School