Patrice Cleaves and Tommy Reilly Minuteman Letter to the Editor, February 2, 2017

We are supporting Kate Colburn for School Committee. Patrice first met Kate eight years ago through LexFUN! (Lexington Five and Under Network), when Kate was the Meals on Wheels Chair. Kate chose that position because she believed community service should be an important part of the LexFUN! experience. With vision and commitment, Kate was able to hugely expand this program, adding routes and recruiting more volunteers. For Kate, teaching children and us as parents to give back and to help those we can is essential to who we are and who our children will become. It’s contributing where you can…when you can…and teaching our children to appreciate their diverse community.

Kate values all forms of diversity in Lexington. She is a strong supporter of METCO, a program that provides a suburban public school education to students from Boston and creates a more diverse student body. Kate understands that education is more than what you read, what the teacher tells you – it’s about the experiences students share together, building empathy and understanding. She believes that in Lexington our diversity is our strength, and part of what will equip our children to create a better future for this country.

We have seen Kate’s commitment to service continue in the years since we met, as she has served in school leadership roles, on Town Meeting, and on the Appropriation Committee. She is an advocate by profession and is willing to speak up for the needs of students, teachers, and staff, while considering the impact of school decisions on the whole community. She is a critical thinker, with the will and ability to make decisions quickly yet thoughtfully. Please join us in voting for Kate Colburn for Lexington School Committee on Monday, March 6th.

Patrice Cleaves and Tommy Reilly