Leaders of Educators’ House project say thanks
To the editor:
We would like to thank hundreds of educators across Washington County for their support of the Habitat for Humanity Educators’ House. As every educator knows, home environment and stability play an important part in children’s readiness to learn when they go to school. So it is a natural fit that Washington County Public Schools educators have partnered with Habitat Women Build to build a house for a local family. This house is being built for a woman who is a Head Start educator and her three children who attend Washington County Public Schools. The family has been blessed to be surrounded by the love and support of hundreds of fellow educators.
More than $45,000 has been raised to build the Educators’ House. More than 300 educators at 23 schools have contributed to the house. Many educators have swung hammers to physically raise the house from foundation to its current stage of hanging drywall. We are so grateful to everyone who has had a hand in helping with this house and family.
While much has been accomplished, we still need $20,000 to complete the house. We are asking the public to help with this effort while also honoring educators who have made an impact in their lives. To make a general donation or to honor an educator, donations may be sent to Habitat for Humanity, 100 Charles St., Hagerstown, MD 21740. Include the name of the current or past educator to be honored and where they served. Include their address if you would like a card sent to them. The educators will be honored publicly.
Educators who have been honored so far are Rebecca Ann Bloom, Emily Burger, Sandra Caroscio, Frederick R. Cialli, Shirlianne Grubb Cialli, Donald Corsette, Edith B. Downey, Vernon Downey, Johnnie Pearl Gibson, Sandy Grove, William Kercheval, Rebecca Leverett, David Magee, Loren McArthur, Tracy McKenzie, Madeline Noll, Kate Powell, Gwendolyn E. Roulette, Mrs. Stouffer and Gary D. Wachter.
Kathy Stiles and Darlene Teach
Educators and project co-chairs
Difference in Republicans and Democrats is obvious
To the editor:
Someone once asked me the difference between Republicans and Democrats. I told him Republicans cater to the rich and Democrats help the poor. I thought that was the easiest way to explain it without going into too much detail. He told me I was stupid and turned and walked away.
That same friend called me the other day and said, “Rodney do you believe this?” I asked, “What?” “Have you heard what’s happening in Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin and now New Jersey?” my friend asked.
“The Republican governors have just killed state and public workers’ chances to keep their American dream alive,” he said. “They have no power to bargain for health care and raises.”
He explained how they want to blame the debt of these states on police, firefighters and teachers. They want to do this to the middle class, but refuse to raise taxes on the filthy rich or big corporations, he said.
“They couldn’t care less if these families make it or not. I’m a Republican and I just don’t understand it,” he said.
Finally, after he was done, I took a deep breath and said, “See, I told you so.”
Rodney A. Guessford