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7/21/2012 10:00:00 PM
Editorial: It takes a village to teach a child
The Daily Courier

When it comes to getting back to school, Prescott-area residents and businesses get involved.

For weeks now we have been reporting on all manner of backpack donations, school lunches, registration dates and orientation opportunities. That's right, the little ones - from preschool to high school - will be back at the bus stops and walking off to classes beginning early next month.

Thankfully, the community has responded for those who are financially challenged (read: low-income families). A backpack full of school supplies goes a long way toward giving a child the tools they need to succeed.

It goes beyond that, however. It also instills pride - to have their own backpack or school supplies. Decades ago when we were in those children's shoes, the excitement of picking out paper and pencils was the precursor to what we would learn and the fun we knew we would have.

We hope that providing school supplies to children still ignites that passion for returning to the classroom - and, yes, learning should be fun.

Also, we are happy that other entities in the community help schools and their teachers make the best of today's tight budget situations. An example is the Yavapai County Education Foundation, which hosted its Teacher of the Year banquet this spring. It also awards grants to schools and aspiring teachers.

Other groups have been keeping kids fed, providing summer tutoring and learning opportunities. All the while, school administrators have been prepping classrooms and organizing staff.

As we see children transition from play to crosswalks, drivers should remain ever watchful for children in their path.

Watch for more stories, announcements and schedules in The Daily Courier, or online at dCourier.com, as the first bell nears.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Article comment by: Coyote Contraire™

On Backpacks and Lap Dances
Just figured out what's wrong with my generation: We had to struggle through school, all the way from K through 12, without benefit of backpacks! As I recall those things didn't even exist in those days except in the military. (We barely even had electricity, and that was mostly generated by banks of hamster wheels and high school kids serving after-school detention time on stationary generator cycles.) So, deprived as we were, how did we manage to muddle through without village-provided backpacks? Barely, but with obvious deep psychological scarring.

How, you may wonder, did we carry our books and stuff? That's confidential. It's a generational secret that we'll only disclose upon waterboarding or bribing. (Some of us, depending upon gender, will accept either lap dances or massages from the pool boy as a sufficient bribe.)

Also, we didn't have the spinal trauma and other injuries so many kids are incurring these days as a result of carrying those heavy loads like pack mules. We were lucky that way.

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2012
Article comment by: pablo noname

@Editor If it takes a Village to raise a child, does it take the Villiage idiot to write an editorial piece about it??? Are you actually suggesting that I should not put effort into raising my child??? Should I call the Village when my child misbehaves??? If companies like Costco want to donate backpacks to low income famlies, or if Nike wants to donate sports equipment to the local little league, I say good for them. The biggest problem with you folks on the LEFT is that you start to expect these free things, and then you complain that the big corporation use the donations as a tax write off and try to make a profit. Thank you but no thanks, my wife and I will raise our child and the Villiage can sit and wait for the next handout. The Villiage plan you talk about may work the outskirts of Papua New Guinea, but it does not work here.

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2012
Article comment by: BOTH PARENTS

It takes both parents and grandparents to raise children today, NOT the government entitlements!

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2012
Article comment by: Citi Zen

As usual, there is not distinction between helping those in need and just giving stuff away to many who are not in need. The recent article I read told about a store donating backpacks to every student at a local elementary school. Obviously most of the students could have procured their own backpack, but all were given one. It's much like the school lunch program opened to kids...any kids, in the community this Summer. No need to qualify based upon "need", just show up and you'll get the free stuff.

The liberals commenting here today don't understand, nor care about such things. They just think that any and all giveaways are good, regardless of any factors involved. It's pretty stupid to not realize that giving to those truly in need allows for the free stuff to be distributed more effectively, toward the betterment of the whole community, err, I mean "village".

But liberals don't use facts or logic with such matters. It's just emotion and hysterical thinking for them. Whether it be immigration, where liberals don't care if a person comes here legally or not...to participate in our "village", or voting, where a liberal doesn't care if a person has the legal right to vote or not. The liberals want everyone to enjoy the goodies regardless of any relevant, or qualifying aspects. Regarding healthcare, the liberals actually want to FORCE everyone to participate. Well, all of us excpept those campaign donors that Obama has "exempted" from the healthcare law. Yeah, you libs have so much integrity.

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2012
Article comment by: Not THIS VILLAGE

I'd be embarrassed to set a child off into the world having been raised by the Preskitt good old boys. What would they learn? How to talk down Dems, grease the palms of your buddies, and drink beer from a tap. WOW what an education. And if you don't believe me, read the other comments. People in this town aren't into supporting kids in ANY WAY. They wanted the summer food program shut down! Most don't have children any more and don't want the burden. You want people like that to help? I would hope not. New slogan: Prescott, Arizona, Everybody''s hometown, except those with children still in school"

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2012
Article comment by: John Rollo

You got to be kidding me. Helping the kids introduces them to the entitlements of society. And you can be sure without the help they grow up stupid and ignorant. I can only hope these people who fear assisting the needy end up with their hand out someday. If you can't help those in need please crawl back under the rock.

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2012
Article comment by: Jason in Prescott

Not a good way for kiddos to start life with expectations of entitlement. By the time they become adults, they have no motivation to work to EARN an honest living. Our lovely modern evolution of America today.

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2012
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

A Grammy? For a book?

Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2012
Article comment by: Marianne Elizabeth Vangalio

Many young students who have received charity from the Prescott Community over the years have continued on an educational journey. Some have returned to Prescott and are now a positive contributor through their skills and talents. Many, I personally know of, have been volunteering their time and personal gifts with the young and the not so young. One of those who benefited from the generosity of others will be teaching school beginning next month.
So please be encouraged to give to those less fortunate than yourself. Thanks!

Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2012
Article comment by: TRUTH PLEASE

It does not take a village, it takes a Mum and a Dad!... DON'T HAVE THEM, IF YOU WON'T RAISE THEM!

Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2012
Article comment by: To: Albert Heath

If all the children turned out like you with your great values, it would be a worthwhile effort. Sadly however, the youth of today is learning how to live off the system instead of contributing to it. You should be proud of yourself and the values you are instilling on your family. I can only hope more of these children take on your values when they grow up.

Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2012
Article comment by: Albert Heath

Being a child that had benefited from those certain handouts, I can attest to the benefits it gave to me. No I did not feel entitled, I felt thankful. Someone cared enough to give me something I needed. Please do not take caring for making someone lazy. Rich people can be entitled too. We have seen several examples of that. Now as an adult, I work very hard to provide for my family knowing I have to show them what benefits come from hard work.

Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2012
Article comment by: LITTLE ONES

Should I also add the parents should also teach their little ones street and crossing safety rules. I see too many children running out in front and in back of vehicles assuming they see them and will stop. I was taught to stop, observe and cross safely at the light and look both ways. Never bad advice!

Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2012
Article comment by: Fed Up

That's great start the young off right with entitlements. If their parents cut back on a pack of cigarettes or a six pack of beer they could have pride in the fact they provided for their off-springs. Instead they take the easy route, and show their kids the lazy way by accepting hand outs. Lincoln freed the slave the liberal left is enslaving more. If you keep giving there will always be someone who will take. That is the socialist way. Where is the pride in that.

Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2012
Article comment by: Dan G.

Hillary Clinton wrote (had a ghost writer write it) a whole book with this title:

It Takes a Village

And like Obama's Nobel Peace Prize, she got a Grammy for it

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