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Our Readers Write: Volunteer in classrooms and donate money

October 14, 2010

Last week's well-attended PTA meeting at Palm Crest Elementary brought the plight of school funding to the forefront in our community. For too long, too many of us have convinced ourselves that either the situation was not as bad as we feared or that some thing would happen to preserve the status quo.

But, as we now know all too well, such is not the case. This year, kindergarten aides have been eliminated and class sizes in K-3 have risen. Shrinking revenue sources and declining enrollment simply do not provide sufficient funding to maintain smaller classes. So, now that the alarm has been sounded loud and clear, what do we do?

As parents, one of the most appreciated contributions we can make is the gift of our time. There is not a K-3 teacher in our district who would not welcome any and all parent assistance in her classroom. Usually, little or no training is required. Please speak with your children's teachers as to how you can lend tactical support.

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The other part of the solution, of course, is money. The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation is prepared to partner with the growing grass-roots movement in our community to raise incremental funds to restore class size reduction to last year's levels.

We agree with the assertion that there is tremendous untapped potential within our community for our schools. We believe that we can maintain the integrity of our current enrichment programs and reduce class sizes. Your financial support has never been more critical.

We welcome your ideas and feedback on how we can best achieve these shared goals.

Valerie Aenlle-Rocha

La Cañada

Editor's note: The writer is president of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation.

Sign up CVHS kids for drug-testing program

In April 2009 Crescenta Valley High School implemented a voluntary drug testing program. I would like to encourage every CVHS family to participate in this program. Drug use and abuse is in every community and our small corner of the world is no exception. Some parents may believe their kids are not participating or a little experimentation is normal. But when is that line crossed and results in a tragic event? In fact, over the past several years our community has experienced some very horrific events from the death of local teenagers, to heroin and meth use and everything in between. The drug testing program is another tool to help families and the community combat this ever growing problem.

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