As of Thursday, March 1, 2018
Kooskia gets it done when it comes to taking care of its precious resource: its children.
The Clearwater Valley is taking a proactive direction in funding its local schools through the Valley Educators Support Team (VEST). Started three years ago, VEST is a fund-raising organization that has raised thousands of dollars for local education needs and extras – technology to sports camps to assisting with senior projects.
The organization takes its lead from a college fund-raising staple: alumni. They extend beyond the local – and often exhausted— donor base and tap into that extended family of graduates who are prevailed upon to help the old alma mater and the up-and-coming generation. With help from contributors offering great auction items, and VEST volunteers putting events together, the CV education program is the real winner.
Yes, it’s a problem that school levies are a way of life to bolster up inadequate state funding, and that the burden of this falls on property owners, and that the problem of our limited tax base is compounded with the loss of Secure Rural School funds.
Did we catch all the usual gripes? Well, usually this is where the issue ends, in these circular arguments, and none of us advances farther that the complaining that lasts through the levy elections. Until the next year.
What Kooskia has done is get beyond what it can’t control and work on what it can. It is not willing to perpetuate the excuses and complaints that provide the excuse for inaction and a lack of support and involvement.
It’s realized their kids are an investment worth the effort to nurture.