Don’t let school be fiscal victim |

Don’t let school be fiscal victim

We can’t afford to lose our rehabilitative resource for at-risk middle-grade students who are in need of special opportunities to succeed. It is not acceptable that the state government suddenly pulled the financial rug out from under the 3R School (and other community day schools in California).

The vision of 3R (Rehabilitate, Renew, Reinstate) is one that Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer implemented 10 years ago in Nevada County. It has successfully given disadvantaged children self-worth and hope. It has prepared countless at-risk youngsters for positive lives that are productive and contributory. And it has helped keep kids out of the judicial system.

As a sometimes volunteer for 3R since the school’s inception, I have always been impressed by the professionalism and effectiveness of the program. Additionally, I’ve been privileged to follow the lives of a number of young people beyond their 3R experience, usually with pleasing results.

State and local support of the 3R School has been incredibly important to this community. Clearly, the public investment is being returned multiple times.

Let’s not let the 3R School fall victim to the California fiscal crisis.

Lee Blakemore

Penn Valley

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