2009-04-10 / Letters

Keep KidsmART Funded

Dear Editor,

Anyone who is at all familiar with Rockaway is aware that the "kidsmART" program of the Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) is enjoying a 99 percent approval rating. For eleven years this program has grown bigger and better in both quality and quantity while continuing to put its nurturing, friendly, inspirational philosophy into action.

Like many others, my two boys, John and Jesse, have advanced from being campers to counselors, thus advancing their art and work skills, but also enriching their pockets. Needless to say, having a meaningful part time job for a teenager is more and more valuable in these troubled times. Also, this program provides work for about fifty other adults and teenagers.

Fifteen years ago Rockaway was regarded as a cultural desert with great natural beauty. Now Rockaway is known in the "City" as an important center of art.

So now, RAA and kidsmART has a large energetic following and is ready to expand its services even more under the leadership of Marina Callaghan and Christine Mullally with Geoff Rawling as president of RAA.

So now the plan is to drastically cut funding. Is this an appropriate reward for a job well done?? Is the city going to kill the goose that lays the golden egg??

Please do your best to prevent cutting funding for the kidsmART program and preserve vital programs in the Rockaways which continues to get less than its share of services than the rest of the city.

J DENIS MACRAE

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