Different people have different reasons to support the Bond and Mill Levy. For Angela Christensen, Foundation Coordinator at the D51 Foundation, there are three main reasons she is supporting this measure in November.
"Most of you know I’ve been volunteering for School District 51 for the past eight years. I served for three years as the PTA President at Wingate Elementary and served on the board of directors for the School District 51 Foundation. I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise to hear I’m supporting the mill and the bond in November. I’m serving on the committee to help pass the mill and bond. I believe in the beautiful American tradition of public schools. Your help is needed in donating, spreading the word, and voting.
There are many reasons why I believe in this effort. First, I like the way School Board Member Tom Parrish described the situation by saying there is “a tsunami of building needs” that need to be addressed. Our schools are in desperate need of updates and repairs. The last time we passed a mill/bond was when the current seniors were in kindergarten. Next, I like how specific the request for funds is this time. You can explicitly see what each school will get: https://www.citizensforsd51.com/plan
Lastly, and most importantly, is the addition of 5 school days. I regularly hear that our students aren’t in school enough. I agree. The national average of school days is 180. D51 is at 165 days. As a community, we must make schools a priority. My son, Jake will be a senior at FMHS in another year. He’ll be graduating with other kids across the nation who have literally had one more year of school than he has had.
Also, I’ve known many of you for a long time. I attended Orchard Mesa Junior High and was the student body president or Head Girl. As Head Girl, I got to see lots of parts of the building. That was a long time ago, and I can tell you, unfortunately, not much has changed with the building in all those years. It’s falling apart and needs to be replaced.
I see the hard work teachers are doing every day to teach our children. If you have kids in school, you know what I’m talking about. PTAs, PTOs, and Booster Clubs volunteer unbelievable amounts of time to help out, but they can only do so much to try to supplement our lack of funding. Unfortunately, bake sales and BINGO only go so far. At some point, more money makes a difference in education.
What can you do? I believe this year’s mill/bond will succeed from a grassroots effort from all of us who also believe in public education in Mesa County. Specifically, begin by donating to the effort. Currently, we need $1,900 to purchase postcards for retired teachers to write to voters likely to have kids in the district, $3,150 for literature to hand out at doors and events, and $2,000 to purchase yard signs. You can go to our website to donate. Next, host a neighborhood gathering to share why you are supporting the mill/bond with your friends and neighbors. I’d be happy to talk to people. Be sure to like us on Facebook and share it with your friends. Lastly, and most importantly, VOTE for it in November.
One of my favorite quotes is from Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” We can be the ones who make the difference for our future grandchildren and children."
Thank you so much, Angela, for your commitment to our kids and our community! #ItStartsWithKids