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Community will be only as good as its schools

2010-04-26T00:00:00Z Community will be only as good as its schools The Billings Gazette
April 26, 2010 12:00 am

Americans have always valued education. We believe public education is a cornerstone of individual and community success. We know it’s essential to getting a job with a good wage and health benefits. We know an educated workforce is fundamental to a community’s economic prosperity. That’s why United Way is putting unprecedented energy, focus and resources on education.

United Way leverages resources through public engagement and enlists hundreds of Yellowstone County citizens to give, advocate and volunteer. We work to mobilize individuals, organizations and our community to be part of our change effort.

We must give our children the tools to:

Enter school ready to succeed.

Read proficiently by fourth grade.

Make a successful transition into and out of middle school.

Graduate from high school on time.

Be ready for success in college, work and life.

We believe that it is time to give, the more than 15,000 students that attend Billings Public Schools the tools they need to succeed. We believe it’s time to stand up and say “yes” to our kids.

United Way is a strong supporter of educational investments. A community is only as good as its schools;  Billings needs to commit to its public schools

Please join the movement for positive change by voting yes and returning your ballot by the deadline of May 4.

Carol Burton, president

and the Board of Directors

United Way of Yellowstone County

Billings

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