Vote for Crabtree for school board | Letters
November 1, 2011 · Updated 3:02 PM
This letter is in support of Gail Crabtree for Federal Way School Board position 2.
Crabtree has been a part of the community virtually all her life as she has resided in Federal Way for many years. Unlike her opponent, she is a native of Federal Way. Not only did she graduate from Federal Way High School, but her children graduated from Federal Way schools as well. This shows that she is familiar with the school district and how well or not so well it has performed over the years.
In addressing the school district’s alarming dropout rate, Crabtree was spot on by identifying the most important time when students need to learn, and that is at the elementary age level. She contends that once they go on to middle school without learning the fundamentals at the grade school level, it is often too late, and they eventually drop out by the time they reach high school due to discouragement or because they have a feeling of inferiority.
Also, the fact that Crabtree has never had a paid position in all her time working with children speaks volumes about her character and her interest in helping kids succeed. This shows she truly has been involved in children’s lives, even though there was no financial gain involved.
Whether it has been as a campfire leader or a volunteer at Totem Middle School, she has shown she cares about children and their development. In addition, because she has never been part of the education establishment, she can bring an objective perspective to the school board and its policies. She is the type of positive change that is needed for the school board and will bring a sense of enthusiasm with fresh ideas to the district. Please join me in voting for Gail Crabtree for Federal Way School Board position 2.
Dan Miller, Federal Way