To the editor:
For 25 years, I was a paraprofessional in the Jefferson School Title I Program. The happiest part of my day was when the children arrived at school. Each morning, I would assist the parents and their children at the Kindergarten doors on Payne Street. I would open the car doors, tell the children what was for lunch, and remind them of library and any other special events happening during the week.
I'm also the person who picketed K-Mart. I wanted to show my respect and give my thanks to the many employees who gave their years of service to the community (some 35 years),
I am on a fixed income and any new taxes or the upcoming referendum will really affect my budget, but I also have seven grandchildren attending District 88 Schools, along with one more getting ready to attend next year. I also volunteer weekly at Jefferson. Never in my prior years of service and volunteering have I seen Jefferson's classrooms so crowded as some classrooms have up to 30 students, which I feel is not the best environment for learning.
So why write this letter? Our children and grandchildren need our help. WE are their voices until the time comes when they can speak out for themselves. If we don't speak out for them now, who will?
If I have ever made your child's day a little happier or as so many have shared, you really miss K-Mart, please join me and vote YES on Nov. 6 for the referendum.