Letter to the editor: 4C is needed for future

Posted 10/15/20

4C is needed for future How much is a child’s life, future, hopes and dreams worth? As a mental health professional at Options High School, one of multiple alternative programs on the proposed …

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Letter to the editor: 4C is needed for future

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4C is needed for future

How much is a child’s life, future, hopes and dreams worth? As a mental health professional at Options High School, one of multiple alternative programs on the proposed “chopping block” if 4C doesn’t pass, and as an LPS parent, I urge you to support 4C.

At risk for dropping out, Options students come with various challenges, ranging from significant trauma, mental health struggles, and suicidal ideation, to being bullied, having different learning styles, and feeling lost in the larger schools. At Options, students tell us repeatedly, they finally feel seen, accepted, loved, and hopeful for the future. Day by day, through special relationships and unique educational opportunities, Options students learn they have the strength, skills and abilities to strive for a brighter future.

Without the passage of 4C, Options and other alternative programs within LPS may be eliminated, and funding may be cut district-wide for safety, security and social/emotional services. Without these programs and services, we could see a high school dropout crisis in LPS, as well as a youth mental health crisis.

Those who don’t complete high school are more likely to be unemployed or underemployed, have poorer physical and mental health, and are at higher risk for homelessness, addiction and incarceration. The cost of these outcomes far outweighs the monetary request of voters, and even more devastating would be the loss of hope by these children. Our alternative students have beautiful gifts to offer our community; please give them that chance by voting yes for 4C.

Erica Hermann

Littleton

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