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Simple ideas can help residents support schools

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2004

Education is everyone's business whether or not we have children because quality schools are the cornerstones of successful communities. Without a skilled work force, our communities will suffer; in short, without quality education, Alaska has no future.

How can you make a difference? Here are some ideas:

"Adopt" a school by getting a "wish list" from the principal. Set up a "Support our Schools" display at your workplace, post the list and encourage co-workers to help.

If you have special skills, volunteer as a tutor or teacher assistant.

Find out if your company has a program to match employees' contributions to local schools. If not, ask about starting one.

Set up a bin in your neighborhood or ask your employer if you can put one in your work place to collect school supplies to donate.

Have a neighborhood garage sale and donate the proceeds to your local school. If you have computers and other office supplies that are standing idle, consider donating them.

These are just a few ways you can help. For more ideas, brainstorm with parents, neighbors, co-workers and local educators -- and don't forget to ask your children for their input.

School funding is everyone's challenge -- and everyone's opportunity. By working together and leveraging your skills, you can help our communities build secure futures for all.

John C. Hoyt, Community Banking President, Wells Fargo



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