Editorial: Vote Yes on Hanover Community School Corporation Referendum

Editorial: Vote Yes on Hanover Community School Corporation Referendum

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s mission is to inspire and enable the youth of our communities to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

As an organization that serves only school-aged children, during critical out-of-school time hours and days, our Cedar Lake Boys & Girls Club is fortunate to have a strong partnership with Hanover Community School Corporation to the benefit of our youth and families. We work hand in hand to ensure that every student, every Club member, has the opportunity to succeed, progress through grade levels on-time and graduate with a plan for their future. Every day after school we provide a safe, fun, enriching environment for hundreds of Hanover students who may otherwise go home to empty households.

Cedar Lake Club's active registered membership is 382 youth of which 24.4% represent students who attend Hanover Community Schools. Our membership from the Hanover school system is growing rapidly with an increase in middle school students who are now attending our Club. This is possible as the direct result of our mutually beneficial partnership.

Referendums are becoming more and more important to our area schools as they search for funding sources to continue quality education, and to stop reductions that minimize learning opportunities and the potential of our students. Our Boys & Girls Clubs work closely with ten public school districts, and several charter schools across both Lake and Porter Counties. Hanover School Corporation's programs, resources and support, available to students in every grade level, is a top public school district that we work with in Northwest Indiana.

Ensuring our community youth are successful is one of our organization’s top priorities. It is for this reason that our Cedar Lake Club Advisory Board and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana is supporting Hanover Community School Corporation’s capital and operational referendums - openly and publicly. We hope you will take time to vote YES on June 2 to keep Hanover Community School Corporation’s funding level the same to maintain the high quality public school district Cedar Lake, Crown Point and St. John residents are fortunate enough to have.