Back in June we published a Citizen Voices column from occasional TheNorthlandNews.com contributor and community activist, Jason Withington. In it, Withington stated his concerns about the state of the first annexed neighborhoods in Kansas City. Additionally, he called for $65 million dollars in projects that could potentially be added to the upcoming general obligation bond.
Recently, Missouri PTA President Donna Gardner, Missouri State Representative Noel Shull (R-16), Clay County Public Health Center Director Gary E. Zaborac, and Briarcliff Elementary PTA President Rachael Pearman have all issued letters of support. This is in addition to the five letters that TheNorthlandNews.com has published in recent weeks since the original column was published.
You can read the recent letters below:
Dear Kansas City Mayor Pro Tem and Council Members:
Ensuring and advocating for the safety of children was and still is a primary focus of the Missouri Congress of Parents and Teachers. In the past several years many factors have lead to an increase in students walking and biking to school. Programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles are promoted in schools, by PTAs, and the media. In addition, budget deficits have lead many schools to limit busing. Unfortunately for many children the route to school is not a safe one. Safety is the primary factor causing parents to be hesitant in allowing their children to walk or bike to school. Improving the infrastructure around schools would dramatically improve the walking and biking conditions.
The Missouri Congress of Parents and Teachers, through our Improved Infrastructure Around Schools Resolution, supports Jason Withington’s efforts to secure funding for projects to improve the routes to schools in the North Kansas City School District. Money from the GO Bond designated to improve children’s safety would not just benefit the children attending North Kansas City Schools but the entire community.
Pleases consider including these projects to the upcoming $1 billion GO Bond. Thank you for your service to the City of Kansas City Missouri and your efforts make sure children’s safety remains a priority.
Missouri PTA President