Boise-Elliot/Humboldt student shows candidates what Leadership looks like

“I’ve been hearing about student voices over and over again but I haven’t been seeing a lot of it…”

Our final school board candidate forum was held Saturday evening and sponsored by Teaching with Purpose. An amazing student from Boise-Elliot/Humboldt told us about her Leadership class and how the peer mediation they had implemented was “really changing her school” for the better. She told us we needed to listen and invited all of us to attend her class on Monday morning. One of us showed up. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a student advocate, parent activist and a mother it’s this – when you tell a child you’re going to show up, you need to be there.

I was there yesterday and I want to be here every day showing up for every student in Portland. If you haven’t cast your vote yet, I hope you’ll Vote Virginia. We have a lot of work to do for our students.