Name game causes local confusion

Dear Editor: One headline in the July 22, 2003 issue of the Brady Standard-Herald reads: “Area CASA program awarded $32,000 grant”. Several people who saw this headline but didn’t thoroughly read the story thought that our local Casa Care After-School program had received this grant. But that is not the case. The story is about Bluebonnet CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) which is a state-related organization working with Child Protective Services in providing care to abused/neglected children. We are affiliated with local churches and NOT with the government. Casa Care, Inc. is a local program totally dependent on local grants and donations. The After-School Program is a Monday through Friday opportunity for children in Brady schools grades 1-4 to receive supervised homework assistance for a very low fee. This local program works with the teachers at Brady Elementary to help students who need additional learning assistance and whose parents voluntarily enroll them in the program. The BISD cooperates with Casa Care, Inc. in bussing the students from Brady Elementary to the Casa Care facility at Grant and Boudinotz Steets. Students’ parents are then responsible for picking them up between 5:00 and 5:15 p.m. The fees are just a fraction of what parents would pay for day-care provisions where they would only receive supervision without homework assistance or mentoring. It is unfortunate for us that this government program has chosen the anagram, CASA, to designate their program which is easily confused with Casa Care, Inc. which is our own citizens private program. I hope this helps to clear up the misunderstanding which some people have regarding these two SEPARATE entities. Thank you, Casa Care, Inc. Board of Directors, Mary Ann Smith, Brady, Tex.

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