Times are tough…but in El Dorado Hills, Jackson Elementary School Principal Michele Miller has thrown down a challenge….she is going to sell her shoes to raise money. Like every public school district in the State of California, budget cuts are forcing administrators to look for anyway possible to stem the tide. The Rescue Union School District will be forced to layoff numerous positions in an attempt to meet a reduced budget.
Okay, so the cynics have all ready stopped reading at this point. Yes, an attempt to sell her extensive shoe collection for $1,000 a pair amounts to little more than a plea for donations. Yes, K-12 education accounts for over 40% of the California State Budget and given the current budget mess will have to be cut. Period. Anyone who has ever had to balance a budget or meet a payroll knows that the time for talk has ended and the cuts are upon us.
My daughter attends Jackson Elementary and has recieved nothing short of an outstanding elementary education. I applaud Ms Millers attempt to protect something that she has given years of her life to nurture.
The Spirit and Intensity of her attempt is the same energy that what will sustain this outstanding little school long after the cuts have been made.
In looking for solutions to our problems we need to keep alive the spirit of a great education. Dedicated teachers, involved parents, a community that cares…..this is what makes this school so great. Make no mistake—-the cuts are going to hurt. But say what you will, if we all have just a fraction of the spirit that Ms Miller exudes we will be able to weather this storm as well as teach our children many valuable lessons.