By Dave Patterson
Believe it or not, $5 can make a big difference.
One factor that can as easily improve or destroy a community is the quality of the children’s education, and Ramona is no different. The best investment we can make is in the schooling of our children, as the results directly affect our standard of living.
This rule applies equally to people with children and those without, as we all gain or lose, and this is why the Ramona FORUS (Friends of Ramona Unified Schools) group is embarking on its second campaign to improve the health and welfare of our public schools.
The Roof Project will take donations to replace and/or do a major repair of a school roof or group of roofs where the leaks are bad. One teacher has reported having to put out several buckets in her classroom, and we all know that the resulting mold and dry rot can eventually destroy a building. Thus we at FORUS have begun to take donations for the Roof Project, and this time we hope to receive contributions from all residents.
With a population close to 40,000, we in the Valley of the Sun can make a significant difference with a donation of $5 per person. At $5 per person, we accumulate approximately $200,000 toward replacing a major roof, or to apply toward many smaller roof projects.
The beauty of this campaign is that $5 per person, or $20 for a family of four, is not dependent on deep pockets, and is a campaign to unify the community with everyone’s participation. Old, young, retired or first-graders, we can all participate equally for the common good.
The actual roof that we will target has yet to be decided. However, with energy efficiency money coming available to the school district, we may be able to replace a large roof and have air conditioners replaced as well. Such an accomplishment will be a significant improvement in the school environment, accomplished by the people of Ramona.
FORUS members will be on the street on Halloween looking to promote our effort and take donations. $5 per person for a dry healthy environment for our students, and an investment in our future, is our goal. Please join us.
FORUS is a registered nonprofit in California with 501(c)(3) pending.
Donations for the Roof Project may be sent to:
1003 6th street
Ramona, CA 92065
Dave Patterson, a Ramona resident and FORUS member, is chairman of the nonprofit’s school roof project.