A while back our school board voted for a change to our school calendar. Part of the change would give us today off school so staff members could attend a rally supporting education at our State Capitol. The purpose was to convince legislators to increase funding for education. Since the 2008-2009 school year our state has cut funding for education by 23%, adding up to about $200 million. During that time statewide growth was around 40,000 students. It is sad how little value is put not just in education, but our children and therefore the future of our state and country. When I received the news, I decided to take Carter with me to the rally. I feel it is a stronger message to have children present. Poor funding for education doesn't just hurt teachers, it hurts the students. Carter may not be in school yet, but he will be sooner than I'd like to admit. If the budget has been cut so severely since 2008, what will it be like when he is in school? What opportunities will he not be provided due to the decrease in budget? It makes me sad just to think about it.
|Ready for the rally!|
|Clapping along with the crowd!|
|Checking out the flamingos.|
|He loved the tiger, pointed at it, and said "cat".|
|The only reason why he posed for pictures with statues was because they were surrounded by wood chips which he loved playing with!|
|Zonked out after a busy day!|
Transferring Carter from the stroller to the car he stayed asleep, but I needed to change his diaper and that didn't go over well. He sat and played with his feet for the first 30 minutes of our drive and then miserably started crying. There was a stop on the highway where I wouldn't even have to exit so after 10 minutes of his crying I stopped there and walked around holding him for a while. When I put him back in he didn't go to sleep right away, but thankfully wasn't crying anymore. After about 10 minutes he fell asleep and stayed asleep the whole way home. He woke up when I parked, but I rocked him for a bit, laid him in his crib, and he is taking a nice little nap right now. And man, am I tired! All that driving plus walking around the zoo, I could take a nap myself!