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Please write in Michelle Houtcooper
By Michelle Houtcooper


October 05, 2009

Dear Friend,
I would greatly appreciate your write in vote on October 6th for the Ketchikan Gateway School Board. 
As you know, I am relatively new to Ketchikan. However, I have always been extremely committed to my community.  Since arriving in Ketchikan, I have become actively involved in many area groups such as Chamber, WISH, First City Players, and Rotary, as well as working within our schools as a volunteer. With two children in our schools, the School Board is a natural fit for me. In addition, I have extensive experience managing and owning businesses.
Many have asked:  What is your agenda? 
I will tell you this, I have no agenda other than ensuring that ALL of our students and youth are educated in the best manner that suits their future goals. Whether it be college, trade, or another aspiration--we need to encourage our youth to realize their goals through graduation. I also believe that each of our children should be educated to be a good citizen in order to contribute to the good of our community.  With the challenges that we face in our community, it is essential that we be mhoutcooper@gmailDeb,proactive in combating those issues that bombard our youth outside of school.  Therefore, it is also my goal to increase parent participation within our schools, as well as engaging local business support of our youth in the schools.
In the past few weeks, I have taken the time to visit and be in contact with all of the area Schools, their Principals, Teachers, and Parents.  I plan on continuing that if elected.  There is no better information than from the "front lines".  Communication is essential if we are to improve our schools and safeguard our youth against the daily challenges that they face in order to prepare them for the future.
Thank you in advance for your consideration, and I look forward to the possibility of serving on our School Board.  If you would like to learn more, please visit my website at: <> .
Kindest Regards,
Michelle Houtcooper
Ketchikan, AK

Received October 02, 2009 - Published October 05, 2009


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