Letters to the Editor

Letters from June 23, 2007

Help needed

Save the art program

I’m a ten year old, hopeing that my art teacher Mrs. Ellis will stay. She has started packing and i’m helping her. All the people in my school are asking me “where is she going? “ I have no idea so I say “I don’t know”. It’s hard for us becuase we think art is a way to be free and a way to express yourself. You see my school can’t aford the art program. Now my friends and I are saving and saving money so we can chip in and save the art program and Mrs.Ellis. I wish she could stay and I could raise enough money. My school is Silverdale Elementary. We the people of Silverdale Elementary think art is a very important part of life in our school and we’d hate if Mrs.Ellis Had to leave. It’s not fair!Becuase art is more than a subject it’s a hobby and we’d hate to loose it! We should do something about this!

AUSTIN PERETZMAN

Silverdale Elementary School

Thank you

A year

remembered

To one and all, this year of 2006-07 will be a year remembered at CKSD as one of change. As our school district has changed I see our community stepping up and supporting our students in extraordinary ways.

This year has surprised us with the open arms of many businesses, one is Home Depot. They have donated $2,500 allowing us to purchase five home theater systems for the vision-impaired babies who need vision therapy, we have actually seen the results as one baby right now will not be a Braille reader but visual, thank you Ross Hardley! Tim Ryan Construction also donated $500 to assist the project in helping the babies who are visually impaired thank you Dan Ryan! Home Depot has also done many landscape projects with Team Depot volunteers at Olympic High School and Westside Alternative High School, allowing the students to see how a healthy community works together, no one stands alone.

Many of our students will be the backbone of society working at places like Safeway, Albertsons, Costco, Burger King, Home Depot and Harrison Medical Center just to name a few. The important piece many do not see is the training the students receive from their teachers to be respectful, conscientious and hard workers. Then YEPP (Youth Employment Preparation Program) is called in and we develop a job training site to meet the students’ individual plan for training and transition. Without the cooperation of our community our students may never have the chance to prove themselves to be successful so they can transition with confidence when they leave the secure environment of school. Transitioning is much smoother because success has already been developed within each student.

If I could find a soap box to stand on I would tell everyone thank you for giving our students a chance to prove themselves a chance to show the world they have worth but just need a little extra help getting going but once they fly they are a great asset to any workplace that accepts them as they are.

This letter is just a small way of thanking our great community and our great students who are willing to be trained and encouraged to be successful adults. Thank you Albertsons (Bremerton and Silverdale), The Bead Garden, CKSD Science Kit Center, Bremerton Dodge, Costco, Burger King (Bremerton and Silverdale), Fly N Bee Pet Salon, Champs, Hair Masters, CK Food Bank, Harrison Medical Center, CKSD Food Services, Home Depot, CKSD Green Mountain Preschool, Jeanette’s Old Town Flowers, CKSD Maintenance Department, JoAnn Fabrics etc., Kmart, Kitsap County Fairgrounds, Kitsap Humane Society, Kitsap County Regional Library (Silverdale), Kitsap Mall, Material Girls Quilt Shop (Silverdale), Meals on Wheels, Millie’s Bridal Shop (Silverdale), Millie’s Tuxedo Shop (Bremerton), My Gym, Naturally 4 Paws, Pacific Northwest Team Sports, Pancake House (Bremerton), Papa John’s (Silverdale), Pheasant Fields Farm, Roundtable Pizza, Safeway (Bremerton and Silverdale), Taco Bell (Silverdale), The Sweet Factory, Tropic Tan (Bremerton), Value Village (Bremerton), Walgreens (Silverdale), West Hills Honda, World Market and West Hills Honda.

Thank you all again for your incredible support. Together we can ensure successful achievement of our district’s goal “all students learn well.”

DAVID MCVICKER

Director of special services

Central Kitsap School District

CINDY STUART

Youth employment preparation program coordinator

Central Kitsap School District

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