2009.09.16 Margaret Gross: Early childhood funding

Written by David Green.

In less than 30 days a new state budget must be in place for the next fiscal year. The budget decisions facing the legislature and administration are gut wrenching and boil down to matter of priorities. How our legislators prioritize next year’s spending will shape the future for all of us. If Michigan is to survive and thrive in the 21st century, young children must be one of Lansing’s priorities.

Every cost analysis of early childhood programs shows the benefits far outweigh the cost. Other industrialized countries around the world already recognize the connection between a strong economic future and giving children a strong start. It is imperative that Michigan reset its priorities for the future. Legislators must lead the way by spending wisely.

Please contact your representative and ask them to vote to maintain early childhood programs and move Michigan forward.

• State Representative Dudley Spade

dspade@house.mi.gov

• State Senator Cameron Brown

senebrown@senate.michigan.gov

– Margaret Gross, director
Lenawee Great Start

  • Front.rest
    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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