Many of our children may already be thinking about a nice, long and hot summer vacation, but parents the upcoming 2010-2011 school year may end up missing an important part of the 'safety' you always hope is in place when your 'babies' head to school each morning, and that's the school crossing guards. Just in Guilford County alone, the 2010-2011 budget proposed by the City Manager would eliminate all city funding for the school crossing guards, and that money funds a total of some 34 crossing guard positions, 28 of which are currently filled.
Another area of 'cut backs' is the slow disappearance of the 'arts', as many programs such as band/music, art, theater/drama is all but gone of greatly minimized from our schools....personally robbing our children of the potential to expand their analytical/creative (little) minds! The schools maybe making the 'cuts' for the sake of saving a city budget...but please continue to help/inspire your children to make the 'grade' to becoming the productive and creative individuals you already know them to be!
ELIMINATE CROSSING GUARDS..BAD IDEA...PARENTS YOUR STRENGTH IS IN YOUR NUMBERS..I ENCOURAGE PARENTS TO ORGANIZE AND PROTEST STARTING AT THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE..IF THAT NOT WHO MADE THIS DECISION..HE/SHE KNOW WHO DID..DON'T USE THE EXCUSE "I HAVE TO WORK"..I KNOW YOU DO..BEEN THERE..YOU CAN TAKE TURNS BY USING YOUR PERSONAL/VACATION TIME..WHAT'S "MORE" IMPORTANT..YOUR VACATION "OR" THE SAFETY OF YOUR KIDS..JUST A THOUGHT FROM A FORMER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VOLUNTEER & PTA PRESIDENT.