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LETTERS FROM THE COMMUNITY

 

September 20, 2017

Fifty-eight thousand three hundred,

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of the dead,

Little, white letters on a long, black wall.

All gave a little,

But these gave it all.

Every man and every woman, many now forgotten.

They were never thanked 'til far too late; slew

and were slain.

Multitudes, multitudes dead on the plains.

"Freedom? Sounds great! How much?" you ask.

How much?

Lives upon lives in the valley of the dead,

Thousands of names on a long, black wall.

All must give a little,

But some must give it all.

They come home covered in red battle-sweat,

Or they come home covered in a flag-

forever still

Multitudes, multitudes dead on the hills.

Fifty-eight thousand three hundred,

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of the dead,

Little, white names on a long, black wall.

All gave a little,

But these gave it all.

Charity Chiles, 14

Centerville

The average DACA recipient is 26 and came to the US at age 6. They are our friends and our neighbors. They are American. So much so that they chose to trust our government, voluntarily providing personal information and keeping it up to date, including paying fees of $465 every two years. Now that information could be used against them. But if you fight, they are here to stay.

There are over 800,000 Dreamers in America, 17,800 in Washington alone. Ninety-five percent are currently working or in school, 63 percent got a better paying job, and 48 percent have a job with better working conditions. Fifty-four percent bought their first car, 12 percent bought their first home, 90 percent have a driver's license or state ID. People with criminal records are not able to join the program, and people that do join are ineligible for ACA and all welfare programs. Gov. Inslee states $1.1 billion would be lost in the Washington economy if DACA dies, and the Dreamer program increases our state revenue by $2.5 billion per year. Trump's decision doesn't make sense, is meant to spread fear, and is just plain cruel.

Two-thirds of Americans support the DACA and Dreamers, and for more than economic reasons. Call your federal legislators to pass a legislative solution to DACA. Talk to your family, friends, and neighbors about immigration reform. Volunteer with Klickitat Advocacy's Immigration Reform - Rapid Response team for Klickitat County, in partnership with Hood River Latino Network, Rural Organizing Project, and American Friends Service Committee.

"Love your neighbor as yourself."

Sasha Bentley

White Salmon

As we enter yet another school year, we take time to reflect on the role of education in our lives and how it has contributed to making us the people we are today. The research is undeniable: when schools and communities embrace the arts-dance, music, theatre, visual and media arts-students benefit, educators are more effective, and learning communities are revolutionized.

Designated by Congress in 2010, National Arts in Education Week is a celebration of the transformative power of the arts in education. We officially celebrated it September 10 -16 at Maryhill, but I encourage all supporters of arts, culture, and education-as well as our local elected officials and education leaders-to join with us in celebrating arts education year-round!

Research shows many benefits to arts education. Students who participate in the arts during middle school are more likely to be civically engaged as adults: they are more likely to vote, more likely to volunteer in their community, and more likely to sit on the board of a nonprofit organization. The arts also help young people facing the greatest challenges. Data shows that English Language Learners, students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and students facing school discipline benefit greatly from arts learning.

But there is still work to do. Access to arts education and its benefits is often limited to wealthy communities. So often, disadvantaged young people-particularly students of color-have no access to arts education. How can our community help provide opportunities for all of our young people? How can we create arts-rich schools? And how can we support parents, families, and the community in providing more opportunities for engagement? It's up to us-the arts education community-to take a stand and take the lead.

To this end, Maryhill Museum of Art offers a variety of programs designed to reach young people in our community-from our annual Museum Week programs targeted to 3rd and 4th graders (taking place in October), to reduced family admission rates and free admission passes available at local libraries-we are committed to providing access to the arts. Our doors are open, with a world of art to discover. I hope you'll join us!

Colleen Schafroth

Executive Director

Maryhill Museum of Art

 

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