More support for students needed after pandemic

Thanks for putting the Class of 2021 on The Herald’s June 13 front page; they deserve it with the challenges they faced with covid!

Your highlighting of several individuals as positive examples speaks well for the many graduates you listed.

Sadly, far too many of the 1.6 billion students out of school because of the pandemic have not returned, especially in low-income countries. Thankfully, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is working to turn that around. Since 2002, GPE has supported over 160 million more children to be in school receiving a quality education. The GPE’s new five year plan will also put 175 million more children in school for the first time.

A bold American pledge of $1 billion over five years will inspire donors to contribute the other 80 percent of the money needed. If we call our members of Congress (202-224-3121), asking them to support this plan, millions of children will have the opportunity to graduate like our own Snohomish County students, going on to be a healthier, happier, and more productive part of society.

Willie Dickerson

Snohomish

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Abel Villafan, center, looks on as his wife Maria, right, gets the second shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from Cecilia Valdovinos, left, Thursday, March 25, 2021, at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, Wash. Villafan, who drives tractors and other machinery at Roy Farms, a hops and fruit producer in Moxee, Wash., also got his second shot Thursday. In Washington state, seasonal workers who are beginning to arrive to join year-round employees to work on hops farms and in cherry and apple orchards became eligible for the vaccine earlier in the month. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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