We want to begin by expressing our thanks and appreciation to the many supporters who follow us on social media, donate to our clothing drives and fundraising efforts for Serving Kids, and respond to our various and general requests for help for others throughout the community. We are nothing without the support of everyone who is reading this message right now.
We lost a special supporter at the end of 2019, who we feel deserves special mention. That would be Dr. Cecelia Lange. Cecelia has been a loyal and very generous supporter of Support Jeffco Kids, Jeffco PTA, and our Jeffco Schools. She has been a great friend to Shawna and Jonna. We had come to cherish her friendship, will miss her greatly, and send our deepest sympathies to her family and loved ones left behind.
You may have noticed Support Jeffco Kids has been collaborating a lot with Jeffco PTA. We share a passion and mission to advocate for our children and families. We are especially supportive of the work Jeffco PTA has been doing on youth suicide prevention. Our kids are killing themselves (or trying to) at an alarming rate, and the burden rests on all of our shoulders to do what we can to turn this around. If you haven’t already, we urge you to check out Jeffco PTA’s Suicide Prevention Trainings for Jan. 18 and Feb. 8: http://www.jcpta.org/events/suicide-prevention-trainings/
As we say good-bye to 2019, and look ahead to 2020, we know it will be hard to resist focusing solely on the presidential and senate elections, but please don’t forget about how important our state and local issues remain.
There will be big issues playing out in Colorado which will include the Legislature rewriting the school finance formula (which dictates how the state will fund our public schools); legislation for a uniform mill-levy & mill-levy equalization, which will also impact school funding and more; a variety of citizen’s issues on our state ballot, a couple of which could also impact school funding.
Let’s remember what’s truly important as we venture into another presidential election year when the climate can be especially divisive and conversations get heated: leaving our world a better place for those who will come after us.
Let’s not lose focus on the 2,000+ homeless students we have in Jeffco; or the 34% of our 86,000+/- students who are “Free and Reduced Lunch” (which is how we define poverty) and who rely on our schools for regular meals.
Addressing these issues, including the startling numbers of students who struggle with mental health issues and access to services, should be among our top priorities.
“They say, if you want to know what a community values, look at how its children are treated. If you want a sense of what a community hopes for the future, look at how it values its schools.”
Here’s to a healthy and happy 2020!
Jonna & Shawna
PS – Don’t forget to JOIN PTA! If you no longer have a child in our schools or do not have a PTA at your school, you need to join Jeffco PTA! Be an advocate and join today! Your voice matters! https://my.cheddarup.com/c/jefferson-county-council-pta-dues