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SCHOOLS: Tell us how we can help

Letter by Stephanie Lynn England, Tacoma on March 1, 2012 at 9:26 am with 4 Comments »
March 1, 2012 9:27 am

Re: “Many more kids turn up homeless in Florida county” (TNT, 3-1).

I have always been concerned about the accessibility to education for children and adults alike, regardless of their financial situation. I believe that as a compassionate society we cannot overlook the necessity of education as a foundation, and we must find ways to keep our future generations actively involved.

Health care and housing are a large part of ensuring that our children can make it to school. However, I also believe that we must find personal ways to connect. So, I find myself asking, “How can I help?”

The News Tribune should either publish an article or a list of foundations for which an average citizen without much money, but a desire to help, can volunteer. After all, I do know how essential an education was to me, and I hope to see a responsible and compassionate school system that produces future generations that can escape poverty and also look to pay it forward.

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  1. We can press Obama and the war machine to get out of Afghanistan! We spend two billion a week there for nothing! That would help.

  2. sandblower says:

    Ms. England, begin by attending every single school board meeting for your local school district. You will automatically become aware of ways to volunteer for the district if you do that simple thing.

  3. The Tacoma school district has a volunteer application that you can take to your local school.

    http://www.tacoma.k12.wa.us/information/departments/sfcpp/Pages/Volunteers.aspx

    The Tacoma Community House also has volunteer work in English as a second language, and adult education. Plus they partner with the “Read2Me” program where you read to young children at one of two Tacoma elementary schools.

    http://tacomacommunityhouse.org/Page.aspx?nid=243

    http://www.tchonline.org/page.aspx?hid=1553

    The “Tacoma Weekly” a free weekly newspaper also lists volunteer opportunities.

  4. The United states has spent 607,500,000 over 30 years on the space shuttle and everyone is wondering why our schools are facing financial problems & why some schools are failing there students

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