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Our Opinion: Sharing makes sense

April 15, 2002

The Brawley Union High School district, along with the Brawley Parks and Recreation Department and the Boys and Girls Club of Brawley, has been awarded a $2 million state grant. The money will help build a new gym and cafeteria at the high school, facilities the city and Boys and Girls Club will share with the school district.

These agencies understand what it means to work together to achieve an end, in this case improving facilities at the high school and increasing services to city youths who have a great need for recreation options. We have no doubt the gym and cafeteria will be put to good use by all three entities.

Those involved also deserve plaudits for being pro-active in obtaining state funds to make such important projects possible. There are funds out there for such projects and local schools, municipalities and other agencies need to take advantage of those opportunities, and that is what BUHS, the city and the Boys and Girls Club did.

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They should stand as an example of what can be accomplished in a small community when resources are shared. As Karin Morgan, director of the city's Parks and Recreation Department said, Brawley is not a wealthy city. It does not have the tax base El Centro and Calexico have, although we certainly are not saying that those cities are wealthy.

Still, as Morgan said, agencies have to work together for their survival. Today, the state and federal governments look to see that such entities are sharing resources and working together. Agencies throughout the Valley would do well to follow the Brawley example.

We look forward to seeing the gym and cafeteria completed. With the $2 million grant mixed with Measure T funds approved by voters in 1998, Brawley High is getting the facelift it so desperately needed. Morgan said she can envision a new volleyball program and teen activities. Those sound like good ideas. We also can envision the Boys and Girls Club greatly benefiting from such facilities. The youth club provides an incredibly important service to kids who might otherwise have nowhere to go after school.

By working together, the entire city of Brawley benefits because the quality of life is improved. We look forward to seeing more shared projects in Brawley and throughout the Valley. The future of the Valley depends on schools, cities and others working together as one.

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