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

[email protected]

• State Senator Cameron Brown

[email protected]

– Margaret Gross, director
Lenawee Great Start

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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