Letter to the editor: Step up for schools

Posted 9/11/18

Step up for schools Kindergartners in both Douglas County and Aurora are cuter than two buttons on a shoe.  Middle-schoolers, despite the occasional crack that they are living proof of aliens among …

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Letter to the editor: Step up for schools

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Step up for schools

Kindergartners in both Douglas County and Aurora are cuter than two buttons on a shoe. 

Middle-schoolers, despite the occasional crack that they are living proof of aliens among us, exhibit compassion, creativity, dedication and intellect, in both Aurora and Douglas County schools. Every day.

In both districts, high-schoolers strive for knowledge, skills and habits that will launch them into society. They need all the help they can get balancing the pressures of home, peers and society.  

In both communities, most kids come from homes that are wellsprings of support. And students are distributed across every spectrum of physical, mental and emotional ability.

There are differences. In Aurora, I often taught children whose parents served on the Air Force Base. Most were the children of soldiers who never went to college. In Douglas County, I often taught children whose parents are much better off.

Teaching in Aurora, I appreciated a sign posted by the office. It thanked the people of Aurora for passing a mill levy override and bond to fund their schools. It listed what they afforded for their children. Buses. Buildings. Teachers. Security upgrades. Counselors. Books. Equipment.

Every time I saw that sign I thought of my kids’ schools in Castle Rock. Here in Douglas County, we are woefully behind surrounding districts in funding our schools. Our cute kindergartners, budding middle-schoolers and striving high-schoolers need community support.  

It is our turn to step up.  

Tom Yondorf

Castle Rock

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