Support school levy next February
It is not from being a teacher that I truly comprehend the importance of what I am about to say and reach out to community members. It comes from my perspective as a parent.
My climbing, extremely energetic, too active to sit and write, son started kindergarten at South Bay Elementary last year.
As a toddler, the only thing that would keep him pinned down was Play-Doh because at least some body part was in motion.
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Being an educator, it was a struggle not to push him to practice his letters or to draw. It was part way through the year that he revealed to me his favorite “specialist” — ART.
I would have guessed that physical education would be the favorite for the active boy.
Something in art reached a part of him that was that place he needed to see writing and drawing as an extension of those wonderfully creative ideas in his head. Art has inspired in him a new desire and confidence; with this his writing is now above standard.
This spark IS THE REASON that I am urging residents to vote “YES” on the North Thurston Public Schools maintenance and operations levy in February.
This is not a new tax but a renewal to fund programs, such as art and music, which are so connected to what we consider the core of education, reading, writing and math.
Please mail your ballots and continue to fund critical programs such as these.
SAMANTHA GOLLIET, Olympia