To the editor:

The Vermillion School District is asking us to support their efforts in continuing to provide a quality education for young children in our community. Research has proven that an investment in quality education at the youngest age offers the most return; not only economically, but also in many other positive community outcomes (http://heckmanequation.org).

I have found school board members, administration and staff receptive and responsive to my questions and those from community members. I thought the long-term benefits and cost-savings were clearly articulated. While I understand the concerns that were voiced about blending the campuses, I taught preschool-age children in a classroom located at the Middle School for several years and will share that it created an opportunity for mutually beneficial learning experiences for students of all ages.

It is easy to look around our city and see the investments made for high school and post-high school graduates (new buildings, building additions, fine arts and sports complexes, etc.) I am proud to live in a community where education is valued and believe it is our responsibility to support our youngest learners as well.

Staff and students should not have to "make it work" with limited space and resources. Thank you, Vermillion School District, for looking to the future and planning for our children. Thank you for the education I received and for providing that same quality of education for my children and grandchildren.

I will be voting in favor of the bond issue in the upcoming election.

Carmen Stewart

Vermillion

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