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GUEST VIEW: What to do in wake of Measure J failure

* If you voted for Measure J, please take the amount you would have paid in
parcel taxes and donate it to your local public school, PTA, or your child's
classroom in the form of cash, gift cards, pencils, paper, tissue, glue
sticks, dry erase pens, art supplies, etc.

* If you voted against Measure J because you did not trust the district
administrators to properly use the money, please take the amount you would
have paid in parcel taxes and donate it to your local public school, PTA, or your
child's classroom as above

* If you voted against Measure J because you did not believe you could
afford it, please just donate whatever you can afford. Just $5 can provide 1000
sheets of paper, a class set of pencils, or a library book. If that is still not
possible, perhaps you can volunteer your time to shelve library books, pick
up trash around the school, or pull a few weeds.

* If you were not eligible to vote to on Measure J, please donate whatever
you can afford or find another way to help your local public school

* Send your public school child to school on time every day unless they are
ill in order to maximize our state funding, and teach him or her to treat
everyone there with respect

* Send your public school teachers and staff letters of appreciation - they
will need our support

* Write letters to state and federal legislators to let them know we need
adequate funding for education

* Think about the kind of community you want to live in, and think even
harder about how you can actively and positively contribute to that vision. No one
else can do that for you.

Let's continue to be hopeful and active problem-solvers.

Sue Mertens

Run dates: 2004-03-03 - 2004-03-17
 


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