Yesterday, we pointed out that Gov. Dannel Malloyâ€™s recent proposal to make ends meet by cutting the stateâ€™s contributions to education would be a big mistake, hurting the children we are depending on for our future success. This is a big hit on our kids.
Fortunately, we have people in our community that are trying to make things better in our schools through bite-size efforts.
As school openings approach, we read of giveaways of basic school supplies all over the region. Volunteers are distributing backpacks filled with pens, pencils, flash drives, paper and index cards by the hundreds, easing one budget buster for poor families. These efforts allow students to get off on the right foot when they enter the classroom.
Itâ€™s too bad so many are dependent on these generous gifts, but when you are in poorer communities, it goes with the territory. But even in better-off towns, there never seems to be enough resources, as we have seen so clearly in this yearâ€™s budget battle. But we are fortunate that there are people willing to make sacrifices of time and money to do more than their part.
In Newington, for example, we reported that donations were abundant this summer. Faith-based groups, civic organizations and individual residents stepped up generously.
So letâ€™s give a big thank you to groups the groups reported on in recent days, such as the Hillside Community Church in Bristol, the Training and Motivation Center at Blaze Barber Shop in New Britain, and the United Way of West Central Connecticut, including Bristol and Plymouth - even Connecticut state troopers - as well as the many individuals who added to the efforts. Year after year, they see the need and take action to eliminate it.