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Back to School

October 6, 2009

It’s fall and Back to School season is in full swing. You don’t have to look too far into your local newspaper to see news about schools and funding, a common topic this time of year. In Oregon alone there was a record 72,800 students who qualified for special education programs, up from last year and 9,000 preschoolers who qualified for early intervention programs. It is no surprise that even with federal stimulus money being distributed to schools across the country that it still isn’t enough to meet the need. More than 2,400 new teachers who graduated from Oregon colleges were unable to get a job anywhere in Oregon. A recent article in the Seattle Times described school districts with 60 fewer teachers, libraries being kept open by teacher’s aides with no one to teach research skills and bus stops being so far repositioned that volunteers are walking kids to school.

Our mission is even more important it seems. I hope to meet with another Early Childhood Intervention program this week and we’re working on securing a few new programs to assist. We’re close to needing a little more help to make this really work. Stay tuned and keep your area schoolchildren at the front of your mind.

Little by Little,

Kiki

First Day of School 1984 - Dad, Kiki & Courtney (as usual paying very close attention)

First Day of School 1984 - Dad, Kiki & Courtney (as usual paying very close attention)

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