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Teachers will give 110% Will you?
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Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
In response to recent letters to the editor:

Everyone will suffer more due to state and district budget cuts. However, I do not know one teacher, especially in the Manteca Unified School District, who will let that be an excuse for students not succeeding. As we have always done, we will continue to use (even more) money out of our own pockets to purchase supplies needed to help our students succeed, to tutor before and after school (without pay) on our own time, and worry/brainstorm ideas/plan for our students’ different styles and needs of learning for their success. Teachers work long hours for little pay (sure wish I made what a local newspaper said I did so I could provide more for my own children) because of our commitment to total student success.

A recent opinion letter from a senior citizen called for classroom volunteers. What a difference that would make for our students and schools. What an eye-opener it would be for many of the public who have concerns about today’s schools. California is trapped in a horrible educational situation right now. Instead of blaming the government, the school district, the teachers, each other —let’s work together to help our students succeed. Volunteer in a local classroom. One hour, one day, weekly — whatever time you can give. You don’t have to have a child in school to help. Make a promise to yourself today to contact a school by you to find out the simple requirements to be a school volunteer. Teachers will continue to give 110 percent.  Will you?
Robin Hawks Alexander  
Educator, Manteca
Unified School District
July 23, 2009