When we talk about healthy people, we’re usually talking about physical health. But what does it mean when we talk about healthy communities? What contributes to the physical health of our city? For starters, well-funded, multifaceted schools and libraries are major aspects of community vibrancy.
Healthy communities need spaces that are conducive to learning, growing, and even having fun. Vaccinations inoculate the body against diseases, and robust schools and libraries inoculate citizens against poverty and poor overall health.
The partnership between Spokane Public Schools, the City of Spokane and Spokane Public Library deserves our unequivocal YES vote on the November ballot. The library promises children spaces that stimulate, educate and invigorate. With better technology, safer buildings and updated HVAC systems, Spokane Public Library promises to be a place we can delight in gathering. New middle schools will offer students smaller class sizes increasing educational opportunities for our young people. Not to mention the fact that the city is providing land, so there is no additional need for land acquisition.
In a time of uncertainty, you can help give our children a brighter future by voting YES for schools and YES for libraries.