Letter to the Editor:
I am a little disappointed in the opposition to the new Tiger Path program. I personally believe that this program has the potential to make a huge difference in the lives of students who otherwise may be headed down the wrong path. After spending almost 12 years working for the Division of Youth Services, I have seen first hand how much difference a small ratio of students-to-staff can make. Smaller class sizes allow more time to get to know students and build relationships with them. Sometimes all it takes for a child to be successful is a little extra attention and knowing that someone cares if they are in school or not. These are children who are already in your neighborhoods; wouldn’t it make more sense to have them in school instead of running the streets? I encourage you to ask questions, get involved and give the program a chance.