Vandals destroy time and effort |

Vandals destroy time and effort

One of Truckee’s most beautiful characteristics is the generosity of its residents in both time and money.As we’ve written about before in the space, Truckee’s altruism never ceases to amaze. Unfortunately, the opposite force is also alive and well in our town. Over the past weekend, an individual or individuals hopped the fences surrounding the playgrounds at Truckee State Preschool and the Sierra Teen Education & Parenting Program and proceeded to inflict about $3,000 worth of damage on play equipment. As of this week, police were trying to track down the thoughtless jerks who trashed the equipment – purchased through grants and donations from, you guessed it, our community.And while the equipment can be replaced or repaired, Cindy Maciel, director of the teen parenting program at STEPP, hit the nail on the head when she spoke about what was lost – valuable time. What disappointed Maciel the most was the energy – from both herself and the community – it took to acquire the now-damaged equipment.”Every little piece of equipment out there, a grant had to be written or money had to be donated,” Maciel told the Sierra Sun. “That’s the bottom line.”What’s worse is that it was the second time this school year the playgrounds have been vandalized. Because of that, administrators at STEPP are considering purchasing surveillance cameras to thwart more damage.It would be a shame if our devoted educators had to take more time to write more grants and solicit more donations to fund security cameras rather than for playground equipment.The sad fact is that the vandalism was likely carried out by young people in our own community who thought they were having a good time. That’s were parents must put in their time parenting: Do you know where your kids were this last weekend?

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