Many parents vividly remember the day their children started kindergarten. What was it like when you sent your little one off? I guarantee it wasn’t like this. My youngest starts kindergarten next month, and I know it will be a kindergarten sendoff unlike any other.

When I read the letters of animosity and opposition to the school budget from members of this community, I think about my little kindergartener and this troubled world he’s headed into. I am so grateful to the teachers, the administrators and the support staff in our school district who will shepherd our young learners, our young fellow citizens (who will one day be paying for your social security) through this challenging time. I am grateful for all the work and planning that is going into this school year to ensure that our children don’t slip completely through ever widening cracks.

These are trying financial times for everyone, but our schools need financial support now more than ever so that they can perform the essential and challenging work of helping our children through this dark and difficult time. It saddens me to hear members of this community argue otherwise.

I will vote in favor of the school budget on Aug. 11 and I hope that you will do the same, for the health and education of our children and for the well-being of our entire community.

Libby Houle

South Burlington

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