My husband and I were thrilled when granted the opportunity to move back to Northern Michigan after spending several years living downstate. Much of our excitement stemmed from the idea that we would be able to give back to the community that had given us such a great start. I cannot think of a better way to invest in the vibrancy of our community then to support our schools and ensure our children receive the educational opportunities they deserve.
Education is the cornerstone to a strong community and is essential to ensure its longevity. Prospering communities that provide ample services to their citizens, evoke job creation, attract professionals (i.e. doctors), and maintain low crime rates simply do not exist alongside failing school systems. Property owners fearful of increased taxes should consider the negative hit their property values will take if our schools fail. Essentially, you cannot expect all the perks of a healthy community while refusing to support the school systems.
Our children are not asking for lavish educational luxuries, rather, for the continuance of manageable class sizes, opportunities for extracurricular activities, and proper maintenance of school buildings. With so many kids on the brink of facing the harsh reality of an undernourished education, what message do we want to send to them? By supporting the enhancement millage, we demonstrate to our youngest community members that we value them enough to invest in their future.
Ultimately, the enhancement millage is a sure-fire way to ensure our money is spent locally towards fostering further educational opportunities for our children, and alleviating some of the inevitable hardships our schools face. As a parent, but most importantly as a community member, I will vote yes in support of our kids and the enhancement millage on Feb. 26.