Re: DSM:RE: state subsidy

From: Mark Ide (mide@rcn.com)
Date: Fri Nov 30 2001 - 18:41:49 EST


Gayle,

Please do keep the faith, and keep sharing it. We need more people like you,
and I for one and glad to meet you, through any medium.

Peace,

Mark
----- Original Message -----
From: Gayle Remisch <tegdib@yahoo.com>
To: <discuss-sudbury-model@sudval.org>
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2001 5:58 PM
Subject: Re: DSM:RE: state subsidy

> Thanks,
>
> We've been working on some crative fund finding. I work on the
> weekends as a Clown, doing kids birthday parties. Some of the parents
> who owe me money for their children coming here then will look after my
> 20 month old Willow for me so I can go and do those jobs and not have
> to pay a babysitter. One has approached his sister who is now paying
> the other half of what his mother can't. That has helped make the
> family stronger by everyone having an interest in what is happening.
> They take greater interest in helping this young man at home by
> spending more time with him to get to know what he's learning and who
> he is shaping up to be. He has also put his efforts forth by watching
> Willow when I was having to work outside the home/school in the
> evenings.
>
> I'll tell you that made for pretty long days, 8-3 with the kids, 4-8 at
> my job, and weekends clowning. I learned very early that you have to
> make the time to do what you need to and want to.
>
> One other parent has said lots about what she is going to do to help
> out, filing, web page etc., but so far it has been all talk and no
> action. Unfortunately, her daughter is out of school due to her life
> being threatened and so she is here incognito so I can't just turf her.
>
> But then there's that one parent from 2 years ago who still puts the
> random amount into my account whenever she can. One month it was $500
> from her income tax, then $20, then $100, and her son stopped coming
> here in June, but she still pays what she can when she can, and says
> she will forever, that's how much what I did for her means to her.
>
> It's the relationships that are the biggest treasure. The work is all
> worth it, when I get a kid who comes to me with his christmas gift
> money (money received from relatives) and says, I want to give this to
> the school, to make sure it stays open. I cried, his mum cried... and
> this was a kid who previously was kicked out of school for being
> violent to other kids.
>
> It just tells me I'm doing something right.
>
> I'll perservere as usual.
>
> Gayle
>
> --- morticia crone <medea9mac@surfeu.de> wrote:
> > gayle,
> > that is so creative! i love it! but i can see that it risks putting
> > you in
> > a bind. do the bartering families pay anything at all? is there any
> > forewarning when a student is going to leave? if there is then
> > perhaps the
> > families could work towards saving some money on the side in
> > preparation for
> > an upcoming payment - at least until a new student is enrolled.
> > another
> > idea might be to suggest that they offer their services to some of
> > the other
> > parents who in lieu of paying the bartering family directly, pay the
> > school.
> > ~morticia
> >
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