Public School

My children are presently enrolled at our local public school. It was recently awarded as a National Blue Ribbon Winner for the state of California.

It is three minutes from our home, and there the kids enjoy art, music, gardening, and yoga in addition to the more traditional curriculum. When they get in the car at the end of the day, their collective answer in response to my question of how was your day is a resounding “Awesome!”

I serve on the fundraising board of the school, and that fundraising is a key factor to what makes our school so special. The Los Angeles Unified School District only provides the very basic in funding for teachers, property maintenance, and overall administration. Money for all the “Specials” (art, music, P.E.) as well as the library and teachers aides in the classrooms comes from our fundraising efforts. Having to raise on average an annual $650,000 to keep these programs running.

“public school truly can be an opportunity to think globally, act locally.”

In a school of 520 kids, this is a big task. We fundraise with walk-a-thons, bake sales, and parent-sponsored parties—all to make up for the funds the school district does not provide.

Our community is privileged enough to have parents who have the time, energy, inspiration, and financial ability to commit to making the school great. The very sad truth is that for most public schools, this just isn’t the case. Our country allots on average per state $31,286 for every prisoner (according to the Vera Institute of Justice) and $11, 011 for every public school student (according to the National Center for Education Statistics). This begs a pretty daunting question about our nation’s priorities.

The truth is we must start holding our elected officials accountable to the priority of funding education, so that more schools can offer the enrichment that students so rightly deserve. In the meantime, we must continue to support our public schools through community funding and volunteerism and make a serious and tangible investment in the future—one little school at a time.

In this way, public school truly can be an opportunity to think globally, act locally.

If only they had to have bake sales to fund wars, right?


Author: Libby Hudson Lydecker

Libby Hudson Lydecker is a mother of two, a Kundalini Yoga teacher with over a decade of experience, a screenwriter and a Real Mom Daily partner. Libby Serves as the Lifestyle and Wellness Editor for RMD. As Lifestyle and Wellness Editor, Libby brings her wisdom of Kundalini Yoga and holistic life hacks to her articles as well as real world solutions through yoga techniques in her Mindful Mama video series created at RMD. Libby balances her time between her family, teaching Kundalini yoga to women and children, leading women’s yoga retreats in beautiful destinations around the country, writing screenplays and publishing articles for Real Mom Daily. Her ability to balance all of this comes from her strong yoga practice and a stronger sense of humor. Libby relates to Gloria Steinem’s quote, “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” As well as Yogi Bhajan’s quote, “I don’t believe in miracles, I rely on them.” Libby believes that Real Mom Daily is a forum for women to communicate consciously with kindness, real life perspectives and humor. RMD provides a supportive space for moms to feel understood and share their experiences. “When women gather together in consciousness, we can change the world.” View all posts by Libby Hudson Lydecker

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