Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Our generation plants the seeds

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

"One generation plants the trees, another gets the shade." (Chinese proverb)

For the last several months I have had the great pleasure to work with a committed, dedicated group of volunteers, all of whom believe strongly in Marshall, its citizens and especially its children. I was honored to have been chosen for the steering committee to discuss and make recommendations on the tax levy increase proposal for Marshall Public Schools. I was again honored to be chosen as one of four volunteers to present the steering committee's recommendations to the Marshall School Board. I found the board to be hard-working and sincere and dedicated to providing the best possible education for all students in Marshall Public Schools.

If you have any doubts about the critical need for a tax levy increase, I urge you to call an administrator and take a tour of our school buildings. You will see that over 400 children are housed in trailers, making it necessary to brave the elements anytime they need to use the restroom, go to the cafeteria, physical education, art, music or the library. You will see auditoriums/gymnasiums way too small to house the student body, let alone parents and grandparents at any one time, and too small for physical activity when going outdoors is not possible. You will see makeshift classrooms made out of former closets.

On April 8, Marshall voters will have the opportunity to "plant the trees" for future generations. The needs are critical. I urge you to vote "yes" for the tax levy increase on April 8.

-- Wicky Sleight, Marshall
Marshall Public Library director