This letter is paid content. “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said those words on August 28th, 1963. My name is Shelley Pohlman - a Minnesota native and a candidate for the Red Wing School Board. I am running for School Board because I believe that education is intimately tied to the vitality of our community. Investing in our children now means a vibrant future for Red Wing. In order to provide every child with the quality education they deserve, the Red Wing School Board must have a structure that includes anti-bullying and racial equity policies to ensure a safe working and learning environment for all. Do you remember your child’s first day of kindergarten? As parents, we saw endless possibilities and great hope in our children’s eyes. Today’s kindergartners are tomorrow’s leaders - our scientists, teachers, doctors, construction workers, and diplomats. We must ensure that each student is provided with an excellent education in a nurturing environment without racism and bullying. Racism and bullying in our schools and community is a community problem and requires a community discussion. Through that dialogue, we can work hard together toward solutions. Despite our many strengths, we clearly have areas that need attention. For example, our reading scores. Reading is the foundation on which all other learning is built. Reading skills unlock doors to great opportunities and stifle racism and hate. If elected, my efforts would center on serving all the children in the District. American’s melting pot is our families, our schools, and our community, and we should celebrate that diversity with educational experiences that involve everyone. It is through those experiences that we will stamp out racism and bullying in our community and schools. What is the content of our character as a community? I challenge you to make room for one just one more in your social gatherings. Together, we can make a difference in the quality of life of those around us by simply including just one more person at your lunch table, in your social circle such as your book club, weekend bonfires, at your dinner table, and so on. By doing so you can make Red Wing an even more diverse and welcoming community? From those social experiences, we will grow exponentially. To learn more about me www.pohlmanschoolboard.org. I humbly ask for your vote on November 3rd. A vote for Pohlman is a vote for equity for all. Thank you!