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Meant to say the Main Street incident happened before school started in January. There was also another incident that happened during the school year, but the kids were caught and I was able to act as a intermediary for them to apologize and explain their action. It was really powerful and I appreciated the way that this was handled.
In the meantime, this other stuff had been already happening and I really thought that the school had taken action with the teachers, staff and admin. When I asked the teacher in charge of the resolution meeting what was going on with the other occurrences, she had no clue what I was talking about and it boggled my mind that the teachers were not aware of what was going on at their school.
Ken, I'm only aware of an incident that happened on Main Street before school started. Let Ken, There were swastikas drawn on several businesses at the beginning of the new year. One store, unfortunately, was where Joe Kboudi is the manager and he coudn't help but take this personally....but there were other stores involved without a Jewish connection. So I think it was a random occurrence. The police were involved but I'm not aware of anything else happening in town or at the school this year. I know when my kids were at the high school they had stupid comments made to them and pennies thrown at them. When you ask Jewish kids that have been raised in Steamboat, they'll tell you it happens fairly often. From Elementary to High School. You know when it happens young, it has to come from the parents. Words are words. We have developed a thick skin. Yet, It has now escalated to acts of vandalism. Where will it go from here?
I've also worked in retail for 11 years here in Steamboat, and I've had people ask if they could, "Jew me down!" Funny, the majority of people asking for a discount in Steamboat have not been Jewish. Mostly out of towners that claim to be a local.
We can't let this define us as a community. We are bigger and better than this and I'm not trying to shame the admin by responding to this article. Dr. Meeks, Taulman and a couple of school members expressed their complete disgust with this happening here. Now that it's gotten out into the public, we can work together and stand up against this happening in our town.
I was wondering how long it would take to get out into the general public. Almost Three Months!
I contacted the Superintendent, Principal, and School Board three months ago asking for their help with this. (Thank you to Joey Andrews and Sam Rush for reaching out as concerned School Board Members.) The parent of the child contacted the Police before Thanksgiving and wasn't contacted until a week later. The snow melted the swastika away and the front of the locker was removed. When the car was etched (it was found in the school parking lot) the student was told they could get it buffed out. That is how this was handled.
The teachers and staff were NOT notified and it was kept on the down low. I know that they wanted to catch who did this...but it appeared that they just wanted to have this GO AWAY. And believe me...it's not just a swastika thing. Over the years, students from different cultures, religions, and sexual preference hear things and it's become an acceptable form of behavior expecially especially since the election.
Facing History is an amazing program but it is usually limited to a few teachers and doesn't really help with implementing an overall plan or action when hate and bias come to your town/school. That is why I recommend from the Southern Poverty Center's lesson/PDF from Tolerance.Org
This an easy lesson for administrators on how to respond to hate and bias at school. Imagine what would have happen if a statement like this was sent out to parents and staff....
“Someone or some group has etched and drawn swastikas, a long-standing symbol of the worst kind of hate, on a car in the school parking lot and on a locker in the school. It is deplorable, and we denounce it. A full investigation is under way. We are working quickly to cover and remove this vicious symbol of oppression and genocide. There has also been a high incidence of verbal comments to our students from the Latino community. Hate has no place at this school. We, as a school community, stand for respect and inclusion, a place where all are free to learn in a safe and welcoming environment.”
I know that is NOT how Taulman and the majority of the school staff feel. Unfortunately, this is happening in their school. It's not just a Jewish thing...it's an ignorance, bigoted, hate thing. The staff, parents and community members I know do not represent this way of thought and neither does the school district. We need to be proud of the environment we work so hard to have in our school district and this could have had a very positive outcome in the very beginning. Especially right before the holidays when these acts started to happen.
It's not too late for the school district to take a stand. Now is their chance.
Great article and best wishes to Michael David! As the Director of the SSAC Cabaret, I would like to gift you, John, with a ticket to this years show.
Michael David last appeared on the cabaret stage five years ago. Every year we hold auditions and I'm completely blown away by the talent. Talented folks like Michael David are difficult to replace and he definitely left a legacy however the show must go on!!
Come check out the newest talent in the boat along with our dedicated, hilarious and beautiful veterans! The Farce Awakens-May 2016!
Hooray for Cynthia Pougiales! How cool would it be to have an ol sheepherders hut on the promenade? I applaud Pougiales' creative business endeavor and think it's an amazing idea! One of my fond memories of Austin, Texas was all the cool and creative food trucks that served up delicious treats. They decorated them and made them so inviting and the food!! Yum, Yum! And don't get me wrong, plenty of the established restaurants in Austin received my business as well, The food made a huge impression on me. However, it was the innovation of taking an empty space and making it affordable for the business and diners, approachable, authentic and noteworthy! The food truck revolution began many years ago and it's not too late for us to establish a reputation for local flare in an approved food truck/sheepherders wagon on our mountain. Let's crawl out of our box and do something innovative and different! Surely we will all benefit because of this. What would it hurt to say Yes!! Yes to new!! Yes to creativity! Yes to bringing some downtown Steamboat flavor to the mountain! Yes to supporting a local business. And if the mountain wants to benefit, ask them for a percentage of the sales. Imagine the possibilities! Let's do this!
Thank you for the feedback on my letter to the editor. I do believe that this was a teaching opportunity and felt the need to share. This week is very bittersweet for me and no matter who is in office or what is going on with TSA, NSA, etc., I will always stand proud as an American. I am grateful for so many things and realize how fortunate I am to live here.
Eric, you can behave anyway you want and no one will stop you. That is your choice and if that is the example you want to set for the students and children then do what you feel is right. That is the right you've earned as an American citizen. All I can say, is thank god you live in a country where you can do this and still live. Where you can vote for the loser and still live. Where you can pray, dress, vote, believe the way you want and as long as you are not breaking the law, then you are free to do what you feel is best.
Don't stand up for the National anthem if that is what you want to do. That is your prerogative. But I guarantee you if you yell loud like these children did and are disrespectful we will all think you are a jacka**. Which only ruins any credibility you have as an American that wants change. You can vent here as much as you want, however, your opinion may be better suited with your own letter to the editor. Or better yet, run for office! I mean, this is America. For better or worse, this is where you live!
Please help me understand why the city says this is not cost effective? The volunteers at the Routt County Humane Society are some of the most educated, intelligent, compassionate volunteers I've come across and I've never seen more commitment in making sure people are educated and animals are taken care of in the most positive manner. Where is our common sense? This seems like a no brainer. "Where gifts be given freely—east, west, north or south—No man ought to look a given horse in the mouth."
Always a striking feature with his cowboy hat and confident smile, Dean was the best person to run into after a long flight or crazy early drive to the airport. He took his job seriously and had a wealth of knowledge on weather, airplanes, helicopters, people and music!! Now I know I'll just have to find him riding his motorcycle through the streets of Steamboat. Your a good man, Dean Smith! So glad that I've had a chance to get to know you during the 8 years I've been here in Steamboat.
I have seen what happens when school activities and expulsions happen to our kids in Steamboat Springs. They are left with absolutely nothing. Nothing to be accountable for their actions. Nothing to look forward to especially sports that these students love. Would it be possible to look at these situations differently? To say, "In this situation, our policy is expulsion but we are willing to give you a chance because we believe in you!"
Idle hands, idle time is the worst thing for our teenagers. Keep them busy! If the disciplinary action/option is kicking them off a team, why not tell them that if they really want this they need to earn it. Make them do something for the school, the team. Make them stay before school and clean up the grounds. Get the equipment ready. And then stay after and make sure everything is back in the locker the room and clean the gym. Then make them study what it was that got them in trouble and write a paper on it.
Or maybe in this student's case, give them an opportunity to learn from this and earn their diploma/graduation back. I think having to take a drug and alcohol course, mandatory drug test, counseling, write a paper on drug use and community service. If those criteria are met by June 1st, then she could walk and graduate. If she did not comply, then at least our district leaders and high school administration made an effort to help a student that needs direction, guidance and our support.
Every student is different. Clearly this is an exceptional student and I know that this is a very difficult situation for the Superintendent, School board, and High School Administration. I do believe that it is possible to make a HUGE difference in a student/childs life. The school district has this power and we CAN always do better. It takes a big person to admit to a mistake, make amends and give chances. It's not too late. Let's do what we can to give this student a chance.
This all just seems so wrong. Two empty Habitat homes and 2 families struggling to find a more permanent place to live. I can't imagine being in these women's shoes. So much promise, hope...and then dissapointment. Steamboat Springs....where is the heart? Volunteers put in the generous time to make this home possible and these families put in the man hours and their sweat equity. Something just doesn't seem right.
What is Habitat for Humanity International?
A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that has helped to build or repair over 600,000 decent, affordable houses, serving more than 3 million people worldwide.
Our vision: a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda.
How does it work?
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner partner families.
In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses. How are partner families selected?
Families in need of decent shelter apply to local Habitat affiliates.
The affiliate’s family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan.
Every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection.
Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses.
What are Habitat affiliates?
Community-level Habitat for Humanity offices that act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International.Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area.
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