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10/25/2013 10:26:00 AM
Override, tax credit program crucial to education mission
By: Steve Gardner
Principal Big Park Community School

November - we are a third of the way through the school year, the first trimester ends on Friday, Nov. 1, and Thanksgiving break will be here soon. It is a long fifteen weeks from the beginning of school to our first break and I am sure that students and teachers are ready for a break.

November is also election time and I sincerely hope that have mailed in your ballot in the over-ride election. Please take into account that Arizona ranks last in the country as far as supporting education.

The first event of the year sponsored by the PTSA was a spaghetti dinner held on Oct. 9 and it was a huge success. We want to thank Edgar Lozoya and his Hilton staff for donating their time and food to cater the event.

The food was outstanding, the meatballs were huge and tasty. It was especially good to see some community members attend for the good food and camaraderie of the event. I would love to see more and more community members attend these events in the future years.

I mentioned the state tax credit program in last month's issue but in case you haven't heard about it, this is a program that 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 up to $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.

We will be happy with any contribution from you, it doesn't have to be the maximum of $400, it can be $50, $100, $200. 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 am sure you will be hearing more about this program between now and Jan. 1.

On Nov. 4, our students and staff will be having a Walk to School event to encourage students to get more exercise in their daily lives.

We will all meet at the IGA parking lot at 7:45 and walk to the school so keep an eye out for us if you are out driving on Verde Valley School road during that time.

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 December.

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