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Editorial: Alma Schrader

Thursday, March 11, 2010

One of the schools that would be upgraded if a proposed $40 million Cape Girardeau School District bond issue is approved next month is Alma Schrader Elementary School. This evening at 6:30 p.m. the school will have an open house marking its 50-year anniversary.

Like many of the district's other buildings, Alma Schrader needs electrical, mechanical, security and structural updates. Additional classrooms and a music room also are planned.

The school is named for a woman who devoted 50 years of her life to the school district as a teacher and as a principal of May Greene Elementary School. Schrader died several months before her namesake school opened.

Tonight's open house will include a reception for former students, parents and teachers. Fourth-graders will perform a musical review of the school's history.

The anniversary celebration is particularly nostalgic for those who taught at or attended Alma Schrader. They will have an opportunity to renew old acquaintances and friendships.

The reception also offers an opportunity for anyone whose life has been influenced by a special teacher to acknowledge the educators whose mission is to provide the best education possible for young students. Tonight would be a good time to say thank you.

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Most folks know that buildings and facilities cost money to maintain; and that if you can't maintain them they will begin to deteriorate. Also, as the times change, especially over 50 wonderful years, new prioritities emerge and original designs become obsolete - particularly when they affect the safety and security of our children.

The Cape Girardeau School District bond issue is an honest, appropriate and much needed vehicle to continue to insure that our learning facilities are maintained and improved to modern standards. Those of you truly interested in the continuous improvement of Cape Girardeau education process should be able to find the information available to convince you to vote YES for this important issue. This is money well spent.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Fri, Mar 12, 2010, at 5:31 AM

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