Pyfer would like to see education ‘wraparounds’ throughout Utah

After three months as Governor Gary Herbert’s education adviser, Tami Pyfer loves her job even though she says it is hard work and extremely challenging.

On KVNU’s Crosstalk program Friday, Pyfer said the governor is very hands-on when working on issues and he meets with many different groups to see the perspective from different angles.

Pyfer said she is also impressed with what a lot of people are doing to help improve education. For example, she said Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker is working with school districts, higher education and family service-type organizations and they are finding ways to support what Pyfer calls “wraparounds.”

“(It’s) everything that child needs to succeed in school,” Pyfer explained. “Kids that come to school hungry get breakfast. Kids that maybe need a visit to the dentist, there will be a visiting dentist that takes care of those needs.

“Parents can come and take classes in the evening through Salt Lake Community College, all at a community-center type school. They’re really making a difference for the lives of these students that are really at risk in these huge poverty areas.”

Pyfer said she would like to see projects like this transplanted to other communities where they are needed in the state.

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