It’s easy to say you support kids learning. I mean, how hard is it to buy a roll of wrapping paper from the little kindergarten cherub next door? But supporting kids education is more than that.
It’s helping when you find a real need. For instance, we are a homeschooling family. We withdrew our kids from public school when the bullying made the school system NOT the right place for our kids. However, it is the right place for many kids. So, I make it a point to keep informed what is happening in our school system. We vote on school budgets. We support teachers. Not only in public school, but private and parochial schools, too.
The town I used to live in has exploded with growth. Its a great town, but the schools and teachers were overwhelmed with students. When it became so overgrown that kids got lost in the school system, many parents struggled to find a safe place for their kids to learn and get the attention they deserve. Many looked to private or parochial schools, but the expenses were hard to swallow. Many times, the cost alone of private school is what stopped kids from attending. That’s when people needed to step up and try and help. And they did.
For instance, in the Philadelphia area, BLOCS (short for Business Leaders Organized For Catholic Schools) stepped up and does what it can to help local kids attend Catholic schools with scholarships. It’s not just Catholic kids… no, they support all kids, regardless of age, race, or religion. In fact, 80% of the 16,000 needs based scholarships they give away per year are to non-Catholic students. They fundraise through private donations, endowments, and a PA Tax Credit Program to help them help kids.
Other communities hold fundraisers, people fund memorial scholarships, and communities come together to make sure that kids get what they need. The school system I mentioned before? My old hometown? They put forth and passed a bond to enlarge and update schools so the the students would have the physical place they needed to be able to learn. They also pass annual school budgets to fund teachers and programs that the children need-regardless if whether or not they have students in the system. They recognize that a strong educational system enhances a town. In fact, a large groups recently got together to go to the state capital to fight for better funding.
You do not have to be a billionaire to help support education for children. You vote, your voice and yes, your dollar all help, but making a commitment to education is the first important step to start.