Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
"It takes a village to raise a child," is a famous African proverb that comes to mind every time I think of raising our six children. Our village consisted of our community members, our faith community and, of course, the Kimball school community.
My family is in the fifth generation to attend Kimball schools and both my husband and myself are graduates.
I was thankful for the great teachers my children had, and was especially pleased when my two favorite teachers, Mr. Bill Liedman and Mr. Carl Hoffman, were also my children's teachers.
Mr. Liedman teaches still today, continuing to make a difference in students' lives. Everyone from the cooks to the janitors, paraprofessionals to administration, secretaries, coaches, and of course, bus drivers, were all an integral part of my children's education.
My father, David Hendricks, who was a very strong believer in Kimball and our schools, always taught me that somebody paid for my education, so I had the responsibility to pay for somebody else's. I have always lived by my father's words and know with educating my six children, that Dan and I have a responsibility to pay back to our schools. We must give other students the same opportunities that our children experienced.
As mayor of this fine community, I see the value of our schools to our community and businesses. Kimball schools are one of the biggest employers, and brings people to our community whether they stop at the grocery store, gas station, bank, or any other business in our community.
Our students and school are an important part of Kimball's identity. Staff and students have taken ownership of our community by volunteering in numerous city activities, such as park cleanup, "Arts in the Park" and "National Night Out."
I am not telling anyone how to vote, but rather encouraging you to really educate yourself before you go to the polling place. If you have any questions, call the superintendent John Tritabaugh, or school board chair Kurt Helgeson. They will be more than happy to answer all your questions. Make a wise decision.
My goal is to have Kimball graduates care enough about Kimball, that they want to stay here and raise their families. Good schools are an important part of that decision.
Mayor, city of Kimball