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Law enforcement and lawmakers make a pitch for preschool funding

Posted by wlpo on October 30, 2012

Don’t go swimming during an electrical storm and don’t stand on a swivel chair,  some of the practical advice preschool students in Andrea Ruiz’s class learned Tuesday from special guest readers.

Peru and La Salle Police Chiefs Doug Bernabei and Rob Uranich, La Salle County States Attorney Brian Towne, State Senator Sue Rezin and State Representative Frank Mautino took turns reading from the book, “Officer Buckle and Gloria.”

They were at Jackson School in La Salle to stress the importance of preschool programs that rely on state funding and how preschool could prevent children from ending up in trouble.  The La Salle Elementary Program is dependent on state money according to district superintendent Dan Marenda.  Enrollment is open to all preschool-aged La Salle children but preference is given to students considered at-risk.

It’s the at-risk student they’re with whom they are most concerned.  It’s part of the organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.    Representative Mautino, a democrat who’s up for re-election next week, says that early childhood education always takes a high precedent during appropriations.  He faces Republican challenger Don Jensen in next week’s election.

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