To the Editor:
When I chose to move back into this area from Orlando, I had a huge decision to make for my children on where I felt was best for them. Coming from a place with lots of franchise-run programs, I knew I was looking for more of a personal experience. After looking into The Island School and hearing wonderful stories about the after-school program, I knew this was the perfect location for them. For the first time, my kids ask me to wait 15 more minutes for them to stay.
After hearing that the after school program was being changed and that Munchkins was being terminated, I attended the informational meeting to receive answers to some of my questions. I can’t say that too many answers were given. Most of the questions were skirted around or simply ignored because if they had been answered it would have been in contradiction to what had already been said. Boca Grande is a very special and unique place for what it offers, not only to the elderly population but to families.
As a new member of this community, I want to first say how impressed I’ve been with how family oriented Boca Grande is and how wonderful these programs are for the families and children. As a single parent, childcare is a huge focus for me. The after-school program, along with the Fun Days, were a big selling point to me when making the decision to move here just a few weeks ago.
These programs have been so helpful in making my son and I feel at home here and to settle in so easily. It's very upsetting to think that these programs may no longer be available. I can understand looking at cost, especially in this economy, but there are so many other factors involved in making such a decision.
Why wasn't the option mentioned about raising the funds necessary to keep these programs going?
All of this seems to me as though the Friends of Boca no longer care about the future and well-being of our children.
I remember coming to this beautiful island two years ago for the first time. The beauty was absolutely amazing, but the thing that truly sold me on moving my family here was the community. There is no other area with such a close-knit family feel. There is a comfort knowing when you are at the park with your children, they have not only your eyes for protection, but also the eyes of others that care for and love them as much as you.
We are now just 15 short days away from our Boca Grande Relay for life. The event will start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. Everyone needs to come out a see what a wondrous event this really is.
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