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Letter: Give schools the basics

It's easy for me to share why I'm voting "yes" on 3B:

This past summer, parents from Crystal River Elementary School's parent-teacher organization worked together with community businesses to build an outdoor classroom for our school. It sits in our field, giving students a quiet, open-air space to think and learn under Mount Sopris. It's used daily for science experiments, community speakers, team-building and more.

How fortunate are we at Crystal River Elementary School to be able to focus on extras like this? Our school building is relatively new, our numerous classrooms have ample space and light, we have expansive land outside, and we have the opportunity for students to share a school building together from preschool on up.

Unfortunately for our neighbors in Glenwood Springs, the spaces that kids (very similar to my own) occupy day after day are not in the same condition. Extras are not what staff and parent groups are focused on. With dated buildings and overcrowding, these facilities need improvements now. Leaking roofs, children learning in cramped hallways, time wasted moving from one modular classroom to another, not enough space for on-site preschool instruction — this is not OK.

Kids in our public schools deserve room to grow and learn in optimal environments for little minds. Teachers deserve classrooms that inspire creativity and focus. School communities deserve buildings that take their minds off providing the basics and get them dreaming of the extras.

Please join me in voting "yes" on 3B.

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Angela Hanley

President, Crystal River Elementary School parent-teacher organization