I have sent this message before, at other budget consultations, and I think it still applies!
I am happy to have my tax dollars spent on education in our city to educate our kids. I am happy to help to provide the resources needed to provide choices, classes, staff, whatever is needed. I believe that the staff of our school division at every level have already made decisions that clearly show that we are providing what is needed, not simply what students want.
Our community needs to invest real money, real time and real energy into our future. I am proud to support the students in our community in any way possible. Many students come to the food bank, my workplace, to learn about the needs in our community. They come to gain work experience and also give generously of their time.
These students are able access this learning environment and opportunity to give because they have programs such as the High Ability Learner Enrichment Program (HALEP) Enrichment Clusters, student leadership groups and Youth Revolution groups, career development classes and community service credit options.
All of the students I have met in our community are ready and willing to learn, to the best of their ability, and their teachers are motivated to give them the time and space to learn and grow in knowledge and in experience.
We have all this and we need to strengthen and build on it. All we need to do is invest, invest, invest ... our future is in good hands! Our investment will pay off.
I will continue to be involved in the schools where my children attend, and do my best to convince our city that we need to be involved in the education of our kids, we need to put the needs of our kids first.
MARCIA HAMM WIEBE
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 20, 2014