Chipping in for our kids’ schooling

Recently, Grand Haven Area Public Schools Superintendent Keith Konarska announced that the district is facing a $3 million deficit for the 2013-14 school year.
May 3, 2013

We could spend hours lamenting the fact that billions of dollars are sent to various overseas aid programs or the ridiculously bloated military spending. Instead, we should focus our energies on doing something about the problem.

At Peach Plains Elementary School, a group of volunteers has taken it on their shoulders to help their school make up for its obvious funding issues. They’re planning a golf outing, which will take place at Grand Haven Golf Club on Saturday morning, along with lunch later in the day.

Teachers are getting involved, making classroom projects that will be auctioned off.

Dozens of area businesses graciously donated money, goods and services.

It’s not easy to pull something like this off. It takes months of planning and countless hours of work to make it happen.

It’s unfortunate that it’s come to this, but we can’t deny it: Schools are in desperate need of help, and it’s up to all of us to do our part to lend a helping hand.

This money doesn’t go toward paying teachers’ salaries or covering administrative costs. Instead, this money goes toward those who need it the most — the kids.

We commend those who are willing to think outside the box, willing to go out of their way, willing to lend their time and talent to help out when their help is needed the most.

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