Young People's Theater by Holly NielsenFrom: Holly Nielsen
Date: March 26, 2006 3:05:04 PM PST
Subject: Young People's Theater
Dear Mayor Gonzales, Councilman Williams and Mr. White,
I have been a resident of San Jose for over 30 years, and a homeowner and taxpayer for 13 of those years. I enjoy living, working, and raising my children in San Jose, and am quite proud of our city: our low crime rate, first-rate theaters, the Tech Museum, Children's Discovery Museum, Christmas in the Park, and Kelley Park and Zoo, just to name a very few things.
My 9 year old daughter recently had the opportunity to participate in the Young People’s Theater production of The Wizard of Oz. I was unsure of what the experience would be like, but I was greatly impressed by the professionalism, dedication and passion that Carol Ferris Greer and her staff demonstrated. I volunteered to be a room mother and do makeup for several of the shows, and I saw firsthand how much the children were inspired and how they learned and grew from their experience. What an asset this program is to the City of San Jose, and I’m saddened, and quite honestly, appalled, to find out that the program is in imminent danger of cancellation due to its lack of support by PRNS and has been classified in such a way as to ensure its certain demise.
I understand that it is the beginning of the budgeting cycle for the City of San Jose, and would like to add my support to that of all of the other concerned parents and citizens and ask that:
• Carole’s position is reclassified into the After School/Youth Services Program
• Recommendations are made to the PRNS management to fully fund the Young People’s Theater program
I urge you to fully support this wonderful program, and the staffers who give so much of themselves to make it happen. As a resident, taxpayer, and consistent voter, I value programs like this that benefit our children much more highly than activities such as bringing the Grand Prix to San Jose. I believe there is room for both, but I don't want to see valuable programs such as the Young People's Theater sacrificed--I think the cost is too high.
"Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused."