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10/30/2013 10:38:00 AM
Letter: Couple supports HUSD override


We support the Humboldt Unified School District budget override - that is not enough. We believe when we vote for something that lays an additional burden on others and has no affect upon us we should assume equal responsibility. We sold our home in 2004 and are on a fixed income with high medical costs.

There are many other ways for seniors to contribute to HUSD such as volunteering to teach art to elementary school children, donating art equipment and supplies, working on computer equipment, reading to preschoolers, and tutoring. We can take time to write to our state officials in support of more funding for our school children. We can use our professional skills to support our schools and help educate a new generation of children.

Instead of complaining about the state of our schools, why not be creative and resourceful by supporting them?

We mentioned that as we no longer own a home, the override would not affect us financially. We have borne such burdens in the past but should not expect a younger generation to bear the burden alone. We urge our seniors to not only vote "YES" for the override, but do as we have done - contribute to the educational needs of our neighbors' children. Check with HUSD for contributions that can be excluded from your Arizona income taxes.

Our giving is based on NEED, not the degrading political term "deserving poor." Every child and family must have their basic needs met - food, housing, healthcare, education, emotional, social and spiritual.

Our thanks go to the courageous professional teachers and support staff who invest well beyond their educational responsibilities in an effort to meet our students' educational and other basic needs.

Vote "Yes," volunteer, and financially support our neighbors' children.

Don & Sharon Cunningham

Prescott Valley

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