The assortment of programs they have to offer is mind-boggling, and they have a keen interest in serving the areas that are most lacking in programs and support (Beverly Hills was put on a wait-list to get their programs; I'm sure that was shocking to people who are used to being shown the front of the line in every other aspect of their lives).
We are hoping beyond hope that ETUSD & Gorman don't waste any time in learning more about STAR by having them come up to present to the boards and the community, and availing themselves of the services they can offer. We had tears in our eyes several times, during our visit, seeing what COULD happen for our children here. Wonderful educators with the thirst for knowledge (you can never stop learning), passion and love for children that all educators should have. They 'get' it; a teacher that has the same exact program every year, with the exact same bulletin boards isn't teaching to the best of their ability.
Life has definitely been a challenge the last few years, with this tough economy having a huge effect on our lives. BUT, we have been able to keep our beautiful home thus far, and still find the joy in life. In fact, I think the hard times have had a positive effect in my appreciation for every good thing in my life: family, friends, and simple pleasures. OH! Which reminds me, I forgot to mention I dug out two new planting beds! Now, if the overnight temps could stop plummeting to 25 degrees and less, I could get some veggies going!