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9/25/2012 8:23:00 AM
Countless ways you can help your school
By Dave Gardner
Big Park School Principal

Seven weeks of school will have gone by and even though the temperatures are staying high, the nights are cooling down, so instead of the AC air we can open our windows and feel the cooler air.

Parent conferences were held (last week) which means we are halfway through the first trimester. Parent-teacher conferences are a very worthwhile activity for the parents and teachers, giving the parents an update on how their children are doing this year.

I have a huge request for someone out there who reads this: Four or five years ago several parents painted some wooden tables and chairs for the school, they were painted bright vibrant colors and we placed them in our Butterfly garden and also at the place where parents hang out waiting to pick up their children at the end of the day. As you can imagine, the Arizona weather has ‘weathered’ them and they are in need of a new paint job.

There are three or four tables and maybe eight chairs that need to be artistically refurbished. I realize this seems like a strange request but when they were originally done, they were a great addition to what people saw when they came to our school. So if there are any villagers out there who would like to contribute some time to the school, this would be a fantastic project.

It is that time of the year again when we begin to remind you about the School Tax Credit program. It gives taxpayers an option of directing where their tax dollar is going to be spent. It doesn’t cost you anything extra!! You can direct $400 of the monies you normally pay to the state to any school of your choice. Naturally I am asking you to support Big Park Community School.

The monies from this program are used for a wide variety of programs and activities including field trips, after school sports, and after school clubs. The money also finances assemblies and concerts.

If you have any questions about the Tax Credit program, please feel free to call or stop in and I’ll try to explain it more fully. Tax credit envelopes can be picked up in the school office, or if you wish, we can mail you an envelope! Just call us. I want to thank those of you who have taken part in this program in the past and I hope you will continue to do so.

A reminder that there are two initiatives on the November ballot that directly affect the quality of the education we can offer – the one percent sales tax (Prop 204, I think) for the entire state and an over-ride initiative for the Sedona schools. Please make sure that your voice is heard and that you vote on November 6th.

I continue to want Big Park to be an integral member of the Village. So if anyone has any ideas or suggestions on how we can help in the community, please call the office or stop in and talk to me. Have a good month and I’ll be back for another article in November.

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