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Investing in Communities In Schools makes sense

May 6, 2019

The partnership between Communities In Schools and Santa Fe Public Schools has led to a remarkably effective public-private approach that provides essential supports to students, mitigating the impact of poverty on their learning at a minimal cost to the district. Recently, the Santa Fe Public Schools Board of Education announced that the district is facing a budget deficit for next year, potentially resulting in a reduction in its contribution toward Communities In Schools’ services.

This school year, Santa Fe Public Schools contributed 28 percent of the overall cost, and Communities In Schools raised the remainder from other sources — primarily local foundations, individuals and businesses. Communities In Schools leverages all of this private funding back into Santa Fe’s schools through its work, allowing the district to realize a significant gain on its investment, while supporting the students who need it most. Simply put, investing in Communities In Schools makes good financial sense for the students of Santa Fe Public Schools — cutting funding doesn’t and would result in far bigger losses than the money the district saves.

Rachel White

board member

Communities In Schools

Vaccinate your kids

Pockets of our country are experiencing a significant uptick in the number of measles cases. Measles is not a harmless childhood illness. It is actually a highly contagious, dangerous disease that can be deadly. But measles is also easily preventable with a vaccine. Vaccines are safe and highly effective. Large studies undertaken over the years have confirmed their safety again and again.

If you’re a parent, talk to your child’s doctor to make sure your child is up to date on all of his or her scheduled vaccinations. For measles, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get two doses of the MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. If you’re an adult, check with your doctor about whether you’re up to date on your vaccines, too.

The single most important thing each of us can do to achieve that goal is to get fully vaccinated — for ourselves, our families and our communities. You can find out more about the measles vaccine and other vaccines at vaccines.gov.

Fred Schuster

Region 6 director

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Dallas

Raising awareness

I’d like to ask your readers: Do you stutter? Do you know someone who does? Most people do. More than 3 million Americans and 70 million people across the globe stutter, but sadly it is still quite misunderstood. Help us change that.

May 13-19 is National Stuttering Awareness Week. To support the stuttering community, the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation launched a new website with easy-to-find information like articles, brochures, magazines, videos, research reports and counselor referrals, with a new laptop- and mobile-friendly interface.

The Stuttering Foundation has accurate, trusted information about stuttering and free help on its new website— StutteringHelp.org. Please take a look and tell a friend.

Jane Fraser

president

Stuttering Foundation

Memphis, Tenn.

No more fishing

I agree with Peggy Abbott (“First straws, then plastic bottles?” Letters to the Editor, May 1), about reducing our use and disposal of plastic products, such as bags, straws and bottles. However, almost half of the plastic that ends up in the ocean is discarded and lost fishing gear. This equipment kills indiscriminately (including endangered and threatened species) for years or even decades. Eventually it breaks down enough to enter the ocean food chain. As consumers, if we stop eating seafood altogether, we can drastically reduce the amount of plastic entering our oceans and ultimately killing wildlife.

Dylan Shaw

Santa Fe