As of Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Considering the rich and vibrant history Kamiah schools have in producing talented, productive, and highly-contributing people who are working and living all over the globe, it’s disheartening to hear that a levy jeopardizes educational programs for students.
Graduating in 1992, I had inspirational teachers who were passionate, committed and driven to make us intelligent and creative thinkers, as well as caring and responsible people. Kamiah teachers made a difference then, and many continue to make a difference now. In addition to making a difference in our schools, they made differences in our community. Teachers are an important asset to the Kamiah community.
After graduating, I went to the University of Idaho and then to the U.S. Coast Guard as a helicopter rescue swimmer and aviation survival technician. I used the fundamentals and skills learned in Kamiah schools and in the Kamiah pool to save lives and serve my country. Teachers and coaches like Mr. Mercer, Mr. Snyder and Mr. Engledow instilled work ethic, maintaining composure, and the will not to quit.
Currently, I live in Mississippi and am involved in education at the university level. As I finish my doctorate of education degree and teach college courses in the rural Delta area, I am intimately aware of how important education is in bettering mankind. Education betters the economy, the social fabric of understanding cultural differences, and the entire landscape of living well. I was someone in Kamiah schools, not just a number among 100s or 1,000s of other students. I am who I am today, and where I am today, because of Kamiah schools, teachers and community members.
I think it’s important to understand and place value in all the positive ancillary outcomes that supporting this levy yields. Our school needs your help and needs your support to continue the rich legacy of producing high quality, educated citizens. This levy goes beyond whether you have school-age children. Strong schools build stronger communities. This levy impacts all aspects of Kamiah. Please vote yes on Aug. 25 and support Kamiah schools.
Todd M. Davis
KHS President, Class of 1992