Letter: Invest in our schools

To the editor

When I was asked to co-chair the Neighbors United campaign for this fall’s levy renewal for school funding, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. I see it as my chance to pay back Mounds View Public Schools for all of the good work they have done for my family and my community over the past 45 years.

My son and daughter graduated from Irondale High School in 1986 and 1988 and their education helped launch them to the successful lives they lead now. I’m a proud grandpa with two grandchildren at Turtle Lake Elementary. My late wife, Carol, had a gratifying career as a special education teacher for more than 30 years, mostly at Bel Air Elementary. Being part of Mounds View Public Schools has been spectacular for our family.

Co-chairing the campaign offers me the chance to give rather than receive. I’ve concluded that investing in our schools is the right thing to do for many reasons. I’ll share a few.

My intuition tells me and research demonstrates that it’s right to invest in kids when they are young. It’s right to invest in our community, too. Good schools bring energy, optimism and vibrancy to our neighborhoods. It’s also right to invest in the District. Our teachers, staff and administration have done an outstanding job with the resources we’ve given them.The District has earned our support.

I invited you to join me in voting Yes on the levy renewal on the November 5 ballot.

Norm Chervany
Neighbrs United, Co-Chair
New Brighton

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