Editorial: Summit – The giving county
Often enough, Summit County is characterized by some as a transitory place – a flighty part of the world where people come and go and exhibit little in the way of putting down roots. More often, though, we are reminded of what a caring and involved community this is, and a perfect example of this was on display Monday night at Summit High School.At the annual scholarship awards night at SHS, the Summit County community gave away some $300,000 to 85? students as a way of helping them off into the world. Since this special night has been going on for 25 years, we may to some extent take it for granted, but that would be a mistake. This level of giving from a small community such as ours is very much the exception and not the rule. Many small communities don’t have our resources, while many larger ones simply have too many students to help. The fact that the community put forth these funds in these rocky economic times is even more noteworthy, and it’s no secret a college education is getting every more expensive.Taking CU-Boulder as one example, the university has just raised its tuition by 9 percent for the 2010/11 academic year. For an in-state resident in the College of Arts & Sciences, that’s a whopping $7,026 per year – not including fees and room and board. Twenty-five years ago, that number was $1,332. More than ever, our students need all the help they can get from the community, and Summit County came through Monday with flying colors.Meanwhile, Election Day in Summit County Tuesday saw a great many local candidates for our various town councils. It was refreshing to see so many people interested in running for council in Breckenridge and Silverthorne, and Dillon and Frisco were able to fill open seats as well. In many ways a thankless job, we tip our hats to all those who ran, win or lose, and look forward to seeing what these newly reshaped councils will do in the coming year.-The Summit Daily Editorial Board consists of Jim Morgan, Alex Miller, Ryan Wondercheck, Matt Sandberg, Jim Ernst and Miles Porter.For a complete list of scholarship recipients, click here: https://www.summitdaily.com/article/20100406/NEWS/100409818/1078&ParentProfile=1055
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