Help students start year right

By Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 8/1/19

In a couple of weeks, students around Taos County will start back to school.Dozens of them, if not well over 100, will need backpacks, pens, notebooks and other school supplies that their families …

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Help students start year right

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In a couple of weeks, students around Taos County will start back to school.

Dozens of them, if not well over 100, will need backpacks, pens, notebooks and other school supplies that their families can't afford to buy.

All students deserve to start a new school year properly outfitted with new supplies. They are expected to work hard, learn and do the best they can in school.

No family, no parents, want to have to tell their children that they can't afford to buy them what they need. No child wants to brave class without the right supplies and a nice backpack, fearing ridicule from their peers.

Schools are asking the community to be generous again, as it so often has in the past.

If a few hundred people in the community each bought a backpack and filled it with pens, pencils, a three-ring binder and spiral notebooks, then no child would have to start the school year with less than he or she needs.

Enos Garcia Elementary, Ranchos Elementary, Taos Integrated School for the Arts and It's A Small World Hair Salon are all collecting backpacks and school supplies. Donations can be dropped off on weekdays during regular work hours.

Taos is generous. Let's show our kids how much we care.

Detox center conversations good

Drugs have a hold on this community, as they do elsewhere around the United States. Rural towns, city neighborhoods, red states, blue states, people who are rich, poor, educated or school dropouts. It doesn't matter.

Drugs are apolitical, a-religious and cross-cultural. Addiction can affect anyone, anywhere, at any age.

It is good that some Taoseños are striving for solutions. The town and county may not yet agree on a long-term answer, but they are talking. Taos Pueblo is also stepping in to add to the conversation because drugs and addiction affect that community as well.

Reopening a residential detox center is one important ingredient in addressing addiction. Finding a location and long-term funding is essential to making a detox center work. The town and county can make it happen if elected officials, administrators and policymakers want it badly enough.

The fight against drugs is one we are all in together. It will take everyone working together to find, and act on, solutions that turn the tide.

Together, it can happen.

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