Letters to the Editor

Dear school board: Kids need their librarians

I wish I could have made it to your meeting in Federal Way the other night (June 13) about all the librarians in the schools being cut down.

I was in the hospital, so this will have to do on what I would had said at the meeting with my dog in hand.

What the heck are you all thinking? You are pushing that stupid WASL down the kids, and one big part of that is “reading.”

Hello — do you not see that you NEED to have a full-time librarian in all the grade schools?

I have been a volunteer in many ways in your school district for the last 18 years. Right now, I am doing a program at Valhalla — it is called “Reading with Rover.” I take my dog into the school and my dog helps kids learn to read.

Is that not what the district wants is kids reading?

How the heck can they do this if you take away all the librarians? When I am there with my dog, I see what goes on. The librarians are always on the run helping kids with finding the books, telling them about what they might need to get the project done. They do not sit on their backsides. They are helping our kids!

If you think you need to cut the fat, why not cut it at the district level?

If you need more money, why are you not pushing to rent out gymnasiums to the public and charge a fee?

If you need more money, why do we see one bus with one child on it driving all around? Could they not combine runs and save on the gas for the schools? Or a better idea: Have their parents take them to school.

I am sure these parents get their kids to other places like the movies, parties and family functions. So they can get them to the schools like the rest of us do.

It is so sad to see this all going on. They pay you guys the big bucks and this is all you can think to do. What a shame. Look somewhere else. I am sure you got lots of ideas at the meeting. But I am making sure you got mine.

I have two days until my child graduates from Todd Beamer High School, and she is graduating with honors. She got her love for reading from the great librarian at Camelot Elementary School.

These wonderful people are needed to help the young. Let them all stay and find your money somewhere else!

Mary Hall


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