We ask you to vote yes on the Peninsula School District bond to provide current and future students with the facilities they need to learn and excel. When we were in school (graduates of the classes of 2001-2010), we saw the beginnings of the significant challenges facing facilities today. We studied in portables. We studied in aging science classrooms, or worse, off of carts. We saw the effects of leaky roofs.
Our community has a chance with this bond to rebuild our school facilities to meet the challenges of today's education. We are the generation of Columbine, Sandy Hook, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. We watch these shootings and know that our buildings do not have security systems in place to help secure students. This bond will pay for these critical security updates. It will also bring buildings up to current fire code.
There is a much larger debate in our state about school funding, which is incredibly important, but it should not prevent us from recognizing that our facilities need fixing now. It’s time for the community that has supported us to support the next generation and say, with your yes vote, that this is the better way.
Hannah Johnson, Kjersti Johnson, Ted Steingraber, Amanda Spadoni, Jenni Glover, Andy Rothenberg, Laura Sullivan, Kaitlyn Crudge, Kelsey Wasmund, Hillary Powell, Susan Glenn, Megan Gurr, Kaitlyn Savage, Ashley Holland, Ashley Krom, Conner Peloquin, Gaby Kinner, Taylor Indahl, Cammie Jones, Stephanie Hinch, Hayden Indahl, Tajia Bergman, Leslie Walker, Katie Ventura, Stephanie Somers, Maddie Shjerven, Denise Lund, Jenni Cinq-Mars Chadick, Katherine Aosved
This transcript taken from the original letter published in the Tacoma News Tribune on April 19, 2018.