From: Maggie Beasley
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Vote Yes on HB96!
Date: Wed Feb 05 18:51:47 MST 2014
Feb 5, 2014 Representative David Lifferth State Capitol, Suite 350 350 North State Street Salt Lake City, UT 84114 Dear Representative Lifferth, I am writing to ask that you support school readiness and vote yes on HB96. I remember approaching my teacher on the first day of kindergarten crying as I confessed to her that I couldn't read AT ALL. Though I came from a middle-class family, which usually report school-ready kindergarteners, I started off a bit behind. I was so intimidated by the school system and the other students. I did learn to read and went on to be successful in school, but I can only imagine that if I felt scared and inadequate, how would an ESL student feel or a student with less of a start than I did? HB 96 is meant to ensure that ALL at-risk students be offered access to HIGH-QUALITY preschool! This is one of the best things that we could do for these kids - give them a solid start and close the achievement gap! Early intervention is the proven tool that helps at-risk children from falling behind and sets them on a successful life track. Why would we want to postpone preparing these children for great success, academically and otherwise? If we don't dedicate money and time to these children now while they're in preschool, we'll be dedicating money to them in the future and for much more unfortunate circumstances. We'll be paying for prison time, welfare aid, medicaid, and other assistance needs. At-risk kids that do not attend preschool are 70% more likely to be arrested for a crime and 60% more likely to never attend college! There are so many opportunities that we all miss out on when we don't support these kids! What if the cure to AIDs is in the mind of one of these at-risk children, but they'll never discover it because they didn't receive a strong academic foundation? What if the next Steve Jobs is in the innovative mind of one of Utah's at-risk students, but they never got a strong academic start to build their confidence and learning skills? We all benefit from the achievements of these children and they DESERVE an opportunity to succeed! Please vote yes on HB 96! This is something that I want for Utah! Sincerely, Mrs. Maggie Beasley 124 G St Apt 1 Salt Lake City, UT 84103-5619