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Highlighted by last week’s editorial by David Bolling, our schools are facing significant challenges with meeting the needs of our English-language learner and socioeconomically disadvantaged students.
The work of Louann Carlomagno and her capable team, as well as Laura Zimmerman and the education foundation’s effort to drive the funding needs for schools, are addressing the daunting task of helping Sonoma Valley’s students become more proficient academically, and ultimately prepared for success beyond high school.
Also evident is that the schools alone, cannot address all of the needs that exist in the lives of their students and their families. It requires a community effort, one that many organizations and individuals partake in, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley continues to serve as an integral part of this equation.
It is not just the fact that we serve 2,000-plus Sonoma youth, or that 500-plus come to the club every day after-school. It is the lifelong impact we strive to provide for them and their families in the critical after school hours. A partnership with the school district, and a priority outcome of academic success for our members, helps the club provide what is needed most: a safe, caring place for kids to be after school, providing the academic support necessary to help increase their educational success. All of this results from our caring and dedicated team; adults who serve as role models and inspiration to our members.