To the editor:

I am writing in support of the Northern Wasco School bond measure. My husband and I have raised two children in this community and found it a wonderful place to do so. The teachers were not only knowledgeable but caring. The activities available were wholesome and helped expand horizons for all students. Now it is time to make sure we, as a community, continue to pull together and support educational opportunities.

The proposed school bond supports repairs, technology, and improvements to safety. Lets face it, we live in a historic town. Schools that were built 60 to 100 years ago need attention and updating.

In order to prepare our kids to work in today’s society, teachers need to have access to new technology, and that technology needs to be supported by the school infrastructure. We won't continue to attract the best teachers if we don't provide the technology.

The Dalles High is currently exceeding the average graduation rate in the state, but we can do even better. Jobs in the Gorge are moving more and more toward technology, and if we want our kids to stay and meet the challenges of those jobs, we have to be willing to invest in education.

I think all of us can thank the people who built this town and funded the schools and libraries, not just for themselves, but for those who came after them. Now it is our opportunity to step up and provide that.

Rita Rathkey

The Dalles

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