It’s been a week since I went to Government Center and pulled papers to run for School Committee.
I have to say that I am completely overwhelmed by the love and support I have received. Friends, old and new, have reached out to extend congratulations, neighbors who I barely see have came by to say hello and offer to lend a hand. More than ever, I feel so grateful for the many opportunities that I have been afforded by living in Fall River.
I’ve spent the past week researching everything I can about Fall River’s school system. I’ve spent many hours on http://www.fallriverpublicschools.org, and discovered great resources such as the “district backpack”. I’ve also talked to people who are new to running for public office, and folks that are veterans about how to run a campaign.
The one piece of advice that I keep hearing is to remember that “the cause is bigger than your campaign”. Forget the “noise” of politics: Go out, meet people and keep the children at the forefront.
I did just that this weekend, when Marshall and I went to a Community Cookout, sponsored by Gates of Hope and the Flint Neighborhood Association. This highly successful event was free to the community. In addition to a free meal, there were men, women, and children’s clothing, children’s toys and household items free for the taking.
Marshall found a lion that he fell in love with and spent a great deal of the afternoon playing with it, while I spoke to members of the Flint Neighborhood Community about their concerns for public education.
Over the next couple of weeks, I look forward to meeting with folks from other neighborhoods, hearing their concerns, and using that information to craft a plan to make education even better in Fall River.