As a resident of Marysville, I vote yes for our schools each year. I am the parent of a graduate from Marysville Pilchuck High School and a seventh-grader at Totem Middle. I see the passion our school staff have for the kids in our community. They work incredibly hard despite tough circumstances and, in some cases, unsafe buildings. The support staff, faculty and administration do the work they do because they know that they are serving young people who truly need them.
Going to school each day in a run-down, unsafe building shows our kids that they are not valued. When we do not build schools that provide opportunities for our students to learn, to be challenged, and to grow we are telling our community that we don’t believe in our kids. The students in our community will rise to the occasion. The situation in Marysville is desperate.
For those who believe that change happens by voting no, I have a message to share: The only way you can change schools is by supporting them.
I am not only a parent of two students in the Marysville School District. I am an educator, an administrator and a taxpayer. I know what it takes to build schools where students succeed. I believe in the Marysville and Tulalip communities, and I know we can do better for our kids. Please, join me in voting yes by Feb. 14.
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