Once again, The Seattle Times makes a worthy request the we the people help with school supplies for the needy [“This Fourth of July holiday, give to The Seattle Times School Supply Drive,” Opinion, July 3].
Like the situation with hunger, the need for these tools for education has increased. As a teacher for more than 35 years, I have seen these needs increase, and many teachers make up the difference for students. When students come ready to work, it does help with readiness to learn.
Even more important is universal pre-kindergarten that would help students have an equal start with their peers. By all means donate supplies, but look to the big picture as well and ask elected officials to make universal pre-kindergarten an opportunity. Academic readiness works better than catch-up every time.
Willie Dickerson, Snohomish