Letter | Yes on school bonds
March 23, 2012 · 1:10 PM
We, the members of the West Mercer PTA Executive Committee, come from many different backgrounds. Some of us grew up on Mercer Island, moved away, and then came home to raise our children in this wonderful community with its amazing schools. Some of us are brand new to the Island, having just moved here in the past year. Some of us have been here several years, but plan on staying for the foreseeable future. No matter the background, what we all have in common is our commitment to our schools and our community. This is why we joined the PTA.
The parents and teachers at West Mercer are extremely generous. They donate both money and time to make the school a better learning environment for the children. Parents are seen gracing the classrooms and hallways of West Mercer, whether it is reading with the children, teaching art lessons, or providing extra math support. But this spirit of generosity is not unique -- it is present all over the Island.
Island businesses are wonderful in supporting the schools. Residents answer the calls, whether it is for the MISF or the Peak or MIYFS. Neighbors, as well as strangers, bring meals to families when a parent is bedridden or has just given birth. During the 2006 windstorm that crippled the Island, older neighbors were knocking on doors with a bell, advertising their soup patrol. When a preschool teacher’s apartment burned down, the whole preschool community donated generously to get her back in an apartment and on her feet. This is Mercer Island.
Years of generosity have made our community and our schools better for our children and grandchildren. Please continue this tradition and vote yes for the school bond on April 17.
West Mercer PTA Executive Committee