As an educator, youth mentor, advocate, and parent, I value the contributions that schools make to their communities. These contributions extend far beyond the education and co-curricular activities provided to the students they serve. They provide employment for residents and neighboring towns, serve as hosts for activities for the large community, provide spaces for recreational events, and serve as a barometer for the health of the community. I am running for the OPRF D200 Board of Education because I believe its strengths play a role in the ongoing flourishing of our community. As a place where engaging excellence can lead to equitable outcomes not only for our students but for our community at large.