by Jon Thompson, Mayor, City of Coolidge
As our students head back to school, the City of Coolidge and partners work to keep our children’s safety and well-being in mind.
Today’s students are our future leaders. They will step into an ever-increasing technological workforce, become active members of society and help their community and future generations as their parents and grandparents have. This is why we make our youth so important in Coolidge.
In 2015, the City Council started an advisory panel called the Coolidge Youth Council. Members ranging in age from 13 to 18 come from all Coolidge schools. They advise the City Council on important issues concerning youth. They are an incredible inspiration to watch — these young minds come up with some great ideas to strengthen our community.
Another way our community rallies behind our schoolchildren is a Back-to-School School Supply drive. Friends of the Coolidge Public Library helps our children receive quality school supplies to help ease the financial burden many parents face as the school year approaches.
Additionally, with the assistance from the Pappas Foundation, our Coolidge Police Department helps distributes backpacks full of supplies. These organizations, along with our library and police staff tirelessly help our kids get the resources they need. It’s this strong commitment from our dedicated staff and community that makes Coolidge a great place to live.
Our Police Department also helps schools prepare to serve the community. Each year, our officers make sure school zones remain safe and drivers are paying attention to signage and speed. This is just the way our Police Department works with our schools to make children safe.
Public Works employees also take part in the Back to School season. Their paint striping trucks can be seen throughout the City re-striping crosswalks, parking spaces, and general roadways — the reflective nature of the paint and brightly white strips help ensure vehicles know where important stops are located.
Back to School is an important date for many families here in Coolidge, and I am proud of the outpouring of support our community provides. The City staff, organizations, and parents have and always will play a key role in helping children get off to a great school-year start.
I applaud all the community efforts to improve our schools and the ability for a child in Coolidge to receive a great education!