I am a retired senior
citizen living in Streetsboro, and I will be voting in support of the school bond issue on the ballot in November.
I have six kids between the ages of 51 and 30 and they all graduated from Streetsboro. I have two grandchildren enrolled in the schools now. Most of these buildings have remained virtually unchanged in all of the years my kids have attended them. Streetsboro is a growing community, and we need larger and better facilities to allow for that growth and to help better prepare these kids for the new challenges they will face -- not only in higher education, but also in today's work force. "It takes money to make money," "An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest," "It takes a village to raise a child" -- whatever old expression you want to use, it makes sense that we invest in our children now. I live on a fixed income like most retired seniors, and it will stretch my budget a little further to support the bond, but I also remember the expression, "You can't get something for nothing." And I don't want nothing as a future for my or your grandchildren -- I want something. We need to give our kids ample, comfortable and safe surroundings so they can concentrate on learning, as well as provide them with the best technology to remain competitive with the districts around us. These kids are not just the future of Streetsboro -- these kids are the future of this country. These are the doctors, police officers, teachers, soldiers and innovators of tomorrow that will not only make Streetsboro a good and strong community, but America a good and strong country. Don't we owe them -- and ourselves -- the best opportunities we can give?