Letters To The Editor - Levy support example of Walla Walla's generosity

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Residents of Walla Walla continue to amaze me as they continually put others before themselves. I serve on four local nonprofit boards and these organizations are showered with support at every turn.

In February more than 300 people will attend the Children's Home Society Sweathearts luncheon to raise funds for local programs supporting families.

The Health Center at Lincoln recently received a $50,000 check from Providence St. Mary Medical Center to offer medical and mental health services to Lincoln High School students. The Baker Boyer Ducky Derby, organized by the Walla Walla Exchange Club, will raise more than $60,000 in May to support area youth. Commitment to Community is focused on improving Walla Walla neighborhoods one family at a time.

I'm proud to be associated with Walla Walla Citizens for Schools chaired by parent volunteers Peter Swant and Shauna Bogley. Peter and Shauna represent what we all strive for in a family and community. They are involved in their children's activities and still find time and energy to volunteer in their community.

Currently Peter and Shauna are focused on educating the community about the importance of the Walla Walla Public Schools Educational Programs and Operations Replacement levy which funds approximately 20 percent of the district's general fund budget.

These dollars pay for the programs, activities and staff which connect students to school. You can learn more at: www.wwps.org.

The district has held the line on levy rates only adding a modest increase to keep up with inflation. The proposed property tax rates are nearly the same as current rates. Now is the time for Walla Walla voters to do what they have done for decades and vote yes on the replacement levy. This funding will not only help ensure Walla Walla students receive a quality education, it will allow our community to continue to grow and prosper. Ballots must be postmarked by Feb. 14.

Mark Higgins
Walla Walla

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