Parents unite to save Cispus program
Wild spaces in our world are shrinking, and so is the Olympia School District budget.
Unfortunately, that means vibrant, vital programs like the outdoor school program at Cispus for fifth graders have been cut from the budget.
This extraordinary opportunity for young people to experience a pristine natural environment, learning about conservation and the wonders of nature, has been a unique part of the Olympia school program from more than 20 years.
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This year, a dedicated group of parents are banding together, districtwide, to seek funding to ensure this amazing program does not fall to the budget cutting room floor. “Save Outdoor Schools Olympia” is a new Facebook page devoted to the effort of raising the $50,000 needed to continue the program.
I encourage everyone to take time to look at the page or contact any of Olympia’s 11 elementary schools to offer support.
Olympia is a community that has historically made amazing things happen. I’m sure this is another opportunity to show community solidarity in support of a very important program in young people’s lives.
TINA WAGNER, Olympia
DJ Fredrick rescued dogs from RV fire
I was surprised and disappointed when I read the story about the RV fire in Nisqually Pines when no credit was given to the man who risked injury to himself to rescue the two dogs who were inside the RV when the fire was discovered and who was the one who notified the office to call 9-1-1.
If DJ Fredrick had not rescued the dogs from inside the RV they would be dead. There is no question about that.
I think DJ should have been given credit for saving the life of the two dogs rather than just picturing them tied to a fence and safe without mentioning that the only reason they were there and were safe was because of him.
PHYLLIS MYERS, Yelm
School nutrition must be a priority
It’s time to get some healthy federal funds to provide REAL FOOD at our kids’ schools.
The prevalence of obesity among elementary-aged children has doubled in the last 20 years, and almost tripled for those ages 12-19.
Health costs continue to rise exponentially, with much of this cost attributable to such lifestyle modifiable diseases as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
As children return to school this month, Congress will be taking their once every five years review of school nutrition programs. This process, known as the Child Nutrition Reauthorization, is an opportunity to build on the great progress schools have made offering nutritious meals for lunch and breakfast.
However, school districts, including our progressive local districts, are struggling to pay for these healthful options on the meager funds provided by the federal government.
Increasing the federal reimbursement rate will help address rising food and labor costs and allow school meal programs to fully implement their nutrition programs, providing our children the healthiest food available.
There is no greater priority than the health of our children, and our community and Congress must show support for increasing funding for the Child Nutrition Act.
To this end, Slow Food USA has organized a national campaign to highlight the importance healthy food in schools. Show your support for funding REAL FOOD in schools nationwide.
GINNY CODD, Olympia
Have respect for differing views
Anger comes from fear of loss. Apart from what is staged as political theater, there remains authentic anger on both sides of the debate.
That anger can be understood in terms of what each side believes it stands to lose, given whatever is imagined will have been the legislative outcome.
Although I happen to believe a strong public option is essential to genuine health care reform, I happen, too, to believe in the vital honesty of most of those in opposition.
It is selfish, narrow-minded and self-limiting to dismiss the authentic anger of citizens on different sides in any debate.
My support for a strong public option might be a mistake, just as another citizen’s support for a position against a strong public option might be a mistake. We go to the source material, think for ourselves, and, while open to new information, form tentative conclusions upon which we act.
Sometimes we get it right; sometimes we get it wrong. Most of the time, however, we get a mixed bag, and spend a lot of time and effort trying to sort out the contents.
With respect for each other, we can live with it, can’t we?
WILL FIDLEMAN, East Olympia