Vote for bond and levy

Dear Editor,

I want to encourage you to vote yes on the Tonasket School Bond and Levy in February. Those who know that I am an old teacher might accuse me of being self serving, but my reasons are self serving in a way that might not be so obvious.

I want to live in a vibrant community. I see so many former students in vital roles in our community, and I believe a great education is an excellent foundation that benefits everyone. As a community member I want the students coming out of our schools to be life long learners. When I go to the town library I want the former student behind the counter to know how to operate the equipment. I want local contractors to have the skills to run a business.

It is a benefit not only to myself but to the community as a whole to have well trained first responders. As I grow older I worry that I might fall. There is a good chance that the first responder who comes through my door is a student in our school right now. From my time on the volunteer fire department I know the hours of training that are required by first responders. If they are going to stay current on techniques and technology they must have a solid basic education. After my fall I might spend time in the hospital. I will be served by other Tonasket graduates. Their math and science skills will need to be strong in the nursing field to help with my recovery.

For a vibrant community now and a safe community tomorrow, I encourage you to recognize the direct benefits we all receive from strong schools. Please vote yes on both the Tonasket School Bond and Levy.

Scott Olson