Though I don't have kids of my own, I like this lady's attitude when it comes to getting involved. She stated it best, "Write letters, make phone calls, bug the heck out of somebody:"
Get involved if you want better schools
I just read teacher Derek Bishop's May 19 commentary about the Big Island's Naalehu School. If conditions at that school are half as bad as he says, I say to Big Island and state legislators, "Shame on you!"
The treatment of disruptive special ed students sounds like a constant Catch-22, which I suspect is not exclusive to Naalehu School. The condition of the school with the obvious solution of available portable classrooms is inexcusable. One bathroom for 460 students?
When Foodland has its "computers for the classroom" program, I always select either my elementary school, Pauoa Elementary or Naalehu School in memory of my late mother-in-law, who was a Big Island teacher for more than 40 years. But I realize that while they could use a new computer, what they need is some aggressive lobbying on their behalf.
Jonathan Yorck, kindergarten teacher at Punahou School, has a yearly book drive for Naalehu. It is his passion and a mission. We need more Jonathan Yorcks to go to bat for this school.
Write letters, make phone calls, bug the heck out of somebody.
Carol T. Chun
Seen at http://starbulletin.com/2005/06/04/editorial/index.html