Invest in Bainbridge’s Youth, Vote Yes For Schools.

To the editor:

My time shape shifting between Whale, Salmon, Wildcat and Spartan during my journey in the BISD ended in 2022. The tools, staff and experiences the district provides prepared me to continue my education at the University of Southern California as a proud Trojan cheerleader. As a young Wilkes Whale, I entered the digital world using computers and ipads to access digital learning programs like ST Math that let students experience different learning styles. Ever since those years a technological focus toward education has followed to adapt to the rapidly advancing digital world.

Being given my own chromebook – a virtual playground for research, writing emails, content review – unlocked new personal values as the district emphasized responsibility with technology. Those programs carry a deep connection to my education, but the district also had enrichment programs too: such as clubs, sports, counseling or bus rides. Through things like those, students are able to learn personal skills that help prepare them for life after graduation.

These stepping stones toward adulthood are achieved with the support of so many adults that care for the youth on the island. Getting involved with the district’s athletic programs resulted in me becoming a collegiate athlete. In student government, I got to work closely outside of school with advisors who also tended to be staff or teachers. You can probably guess who advises all the clubs too. At the end of the day, it is the incredible staff that creates a positive journey. Invest in Bainbridge’s youth, and vote yes for schools.

Addy Ledbetter


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