If you’re a Kids Klub parent on the email list, this will look familiar. The following message was sent out this morning.
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Dear Kids Klub Preschool Parents,
Great news! Your continued support of the preschool program through letters, emails, blog post and attendance at Council Meetings has paid off.
Fortunately, the City’s Budget did include funding for the Kids Klub Preschool. So, we will continue to provide preschool programs to you and your family.
Please know that there will be a staffing change. Krista Vaabene will no longer be working in the program. Her last day in the program will be Friday, December 17. Teacher Jamie and Teacher/Director Sandra will be remaining with the program. Please be sure to discuss the change with your child over the Holidays.
We look forward to serving you after the Winter Break on Monday, January 3rd. Thank you for your continued support and patronage.
Sandra Lamb, M.ED.
Youth Programs Coordinator
City of Lynnwood Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department
Ph: 425-670-5386 l Fax: 425-771-1363 l email@example.com
My regular office hours are 7:30-4:30 W-F.
Check out the PRESCHOOL website @ www.ci.lynnwood.wa.us/Preschool
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It is needless to say that our joy at successfully saving Kids Klub must be tempered with sadness that it is at the cost of Teacher Krista and everything that she brings to the program. If you have an opportunity, please make sure that you thank her for being a part of your child’s life and for the valuable work she’s done. And of course, wish her well in her future endeavors.
For the record, I do believe that our efforts made a difference, if only to generate enough attention and pressure that the Mayor asked Director Sordel to find a way to save the program. While I don’t believe that anyone wanted to cut the program, I don’t think the city council and the administration would have paid it the attention they did without our efforts. I think it’s likely that Kids Klub would have been lost in the shuffle, not out of any malice by our elected officials, but simply because of the magnitude of the other fiscal problems they had to contend with.
Please take a moment to thank the City Council, Mayor Gough, Director Sordel and his staff. We can argue about how we got here, or if Kids Klub needed to be on the cut list at all, but the fact remains that once it was cut, these people had to work to restore it, and they are deserving of our thanks. I also want to reitterate that, whatever you may think of Mayor Gough’s veto of the tax provisions, that veto did not pose a direct threat to Kids Klub and should not be interpreted as such.
I would encourage each and every person who got involved in this effort to stay involved in civic matters. I know it’s hard for parents of small children, but it is critically important for us to make our voices heard when it comes to the actions of our government, and those voices can and do make a difference. If we take nothing else from this journey, let us take that. Despite what Tea Partiers on the right, and disillusioned liberals on the left say, it is still our government and it will continue to be so unless we allow otherwise.
So thank you to everyone who stood up to save Kids Klub, and have a very happy holiday season, whatever you choose to celebrate.
P.S. If you happen to like my writing and analysis, I do have my own blog that’s been somewhat neglected. It’s about life, family, politics, poetry and other strangeness. It’s been a bit inconsistent lately, (I’m still working on getting our September vacation documented) ,and will probably continue to be that way until after tax season in April, but I’d certainly love for you to pop over and check it out at http://bluedrew.wordpress.com.
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