part of their property tax by volunteering in a school system. And so again, it justprovides another set of eyes, relationships in the district.But finally, let me just say that it is incumbent upon all of us to be vigilant. Andour state School Board after Columbine released a statement that talked aboutthis rip in our moral fabric when violence occurs in a school. And that we can do alot of different things, but we have to be vigilant in terms of teaching not only academic literacy but moral literacy. And that the faith-based community values,teaching, discipline and respect are all important parts of keeping our schoolssafer and our communities safer.
Thank you, Governor. You know, you talked aboutsuccessful strategies there. I think since you all have been at it for a while outthere, talk about some of the things that maybe you thought were going to work and didn’t prove to be as effective, and that you revisited.
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NORTON:
Well, I think one of the things thatColumbine taught us is that individual agencies did a great job in responding, butif they hadn’t practiced together in a unified way, they weren’t nearly as effective. And again, you talked about it earlier. It was touched upon in the panel earlier, isthe importance of building those relationships. Building relationships during acrisis is not the time. We need to do advance planning. And so those were some of the important lessons we’ve learned.
Thank you, Governor.
Recognizing the critical link between education and the state’s economy, Norton served asColorado’s delegate to the Education Commission of the States, participating in the formation of policies and plans for in the improvement and financing of public education. As LG, shepromoted the College in Colorado initiative, Read Across America, Colorado History Day competitions, and assisted with school supply drives for children of Hurricane Katrina evacueesrelocated to Colorado.In 2004, following the tragic death of Colorado sophomore Samantha Spady who was founddead in a fraternity house from alcohol poisoning, the President of Colorado State University appointed LG Norton to chair the CSU Alcohol Task Force which analyzed best practices aroundthe nation to address the growing problem of binge drinking and alcohol abuse among college-age students. The Task Force made over 40 specific recommendations regarding improvementsthe campus and surrounding Fort Collins community could make to reduce the incidents of alcohol abuse and the negative consequences this abuse has students, families, andcommunities. She partnered with the Department of Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse