Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Endorsed by CAC Vice Chairman/Fort Vancouver Trust COO Mike True & PALS President Courtney True

Posted in the 10.29.13 Camas-Washougal Post Record, Mike & Courtney True have shared their endorsement. 

Mike is the Vice-Chair of the CAC and the COO of Fort Vancouver National Trust. His wife Courtney is the President of PALS (Parent Association of Lacamas Students). 

I am grateful for their involvement in our district & support for new, forward thinking participation on the CSD School Board. 

Thank you Mike & Courtney!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Endorsed by National Non-Profit FRIENDS of CARRA Chairman & Treasurer

Thank you to the Friends of CARRA chairman & treasurer for the endorsement of advocacy for every child.  I've been working with this national non-profit for 5 years and am passionate about supporting the work that the rheumatology doctors in the USA & Canada do on behalf of our children.  I am humbled & appreciative & look forward to seeing their recommendation in the Camas-Washougal Post Record on election day.

Dear Editor,
We are writing this letter in support of Erika Cox for the Camas School Board. As the leaders of Friends of CARRA (Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance), a national non-profit organization, we deeply understand the importance of advocacy and the impact that one individual can make within a community.

As a dedicated volunteer, Erika has been a tremendous asset to our organization. She brings her enthusiasm and creativity into everything that she does. In addition to organizing and hosting a variety of successful fundraising events for Friends of CARRA, such as the CARRA Costume Ball, the Camas Race for CARRA and several Shop for CARRA events; Erika also serves as the parent liaison for CARRA’s Uveitis subcommittee.

Whether spreading awareness about juvenile arthritis and uveitis, raising funds to support critical research or providing her invaluable perspective as a committee member, Erika is at the forefront, inspiring others to do the same.

It is without reservation that we recommend Erika Cox to serve on the Camas School Board. She will work tirelessly to ensure that every child receives the best education possible and that every family has a voice.

Most Sincerely,
Vincent Del Gaizo, Chairman
Debbie Wright, Treasurer
Friends of CARRA

Friday, October 18, 2013

Endorsed by Skyridge Middle School PTO Vice President: Lori Tunstall

Thank you to Skyridge Middle School PTO VP, Lori Tunstall who has written an endorsement that will run in our local Camas-Washougal Post Record on Tuesday (10.22) & The Columbian.

I would like encourage Camas residents to vote for Erika Cox for the Camas School Board.
From classroom volunteer, to executive board member in PTA and PTO, to PTA President, and current Chairwoman for the district’s Citizens Advisory Committee, Erika has worked on behalf of the students, families, teachers and staff in the Camas School District.   

What excites me most about Erika is that she is not satisfied to simply be a member of an organization or committee.  Instead, she fully engages in the organization and participates in getting things done.  On the Skyridge PTO, Erika began helping with staff appreciation events as soon as her daughter entered 6th grade.  Now, she actively leads the staff appreciation team and also manages Social Media for the PTO as she believes that communication with parents is essential.  And that is just one organization – add to that elementary school committees and non-profit boards and you get the picture of a person that enthusiastically dedicates her time to making things better. 

Erika’s background in hi-tech public relations and her leadership in a national non-profit provide her with the skill set and conviction to serve Camas families with integrity, determination and dedication. Erika’s tireless energy and passion for education provide her with the ability to seek viable alternatives to future challenges.  Please join me in voting for Erika Cox for the Camas School Board.

Lori Tunstall, Skyridge PTO Vice President

Endorsed by Camas School Board President: Connie Hennessey

Thank you to current Camas School Board President, Connie Hennessey who has written an endorsement that will run in our local Camas-Washougal Post Record on Tuesday (10.22) & The Columbian.

Two parents, both respected, both wanting to serve their community by being on the school board for the next four years and both deserving.

Erika Cox, has been in the community 8 years and in every year has volunteered for field trips, classroom helper, PTA/PTO member and president. For the past two years Erika has judged senior projects at the high school,  while being Citizens Advisory Committee to the school board & now in her 3rd year, serves as Chairwoman.

Because of her enthusiastic, caring personality and participation in PTA/PTO she has developed good communication and relationships district wide taking the initiative to reach out to staff, parents, community members, city and state government officials. Erika is highly respected for her tireless volunteer work, her intelligence and leadership. She is very skilled at asking probing questions and is not afraid to make tough decisions, values highly desirable for an effective board member.

She is a wonderful ambassador advocating for great public education for not only her children but great schools and successful experiences for all children. It is only logical that she continue her involvement and participation in the school district as a board member. I would be honored to have her as a fellow board member and that is why I am endorsing Erika Cox for Camas School Board.

Connie Hennessey
Camas School Board President

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Coffee Talks Around the Community!

Last week I met a friend for coffee.  She’s a Camas mom & fellow Citizen's Advisory Committee member who is a native from Louisiana.  Her coffee was different from my usual Starbucks, it included chicory & it was as delicious as our conversation!

Our coffee talk reminded me of why I’m so passionate to join the Camas School Board. The love for our schools is contagious in our community!  And it should be!  Our students are doing amazing things with incredible opportunities in & out of the classroom!

Today I met with Senator Ann Rivers.  While our conversation focused mostly on funding, I shared with her the concerns of this last years state legislature, passing the state budget up until the brink which crippled many school districts from being able to proactively plan financially for this school year.  I shared with her the concerns we have that the budget that was passed had too many strings attached.  

Meeting with Senator Ann Rivers
Every day I am proud to be an advocate for the students & families of Camas.  As a school board member, I will continue to champion our public schools in our community & with state & federal policy makers.

Continuing my push for advocacy for the Camas School District, I’m excited that Senator Rivers will be setting up a meeting between me & Senator Bruce Dammeier, vice-chair of the Early Learning & K-12 Education committee.  

Senator Ann Rivers & I vowed to continue our coffee talks & I invited her to join our Citizen’s Advisory Committee meetings this year. I look forward to seeing her there. You're invited as well: 1st Mondays of the month at 5:30PM at Zellerbach Administration Center

I want to continue doing this important work on behalf of our students, families, teachers & staff in the Camas School District and I need your support to share with your neighbors & friends.  Every day I am meeting with people, sharing & developing my vision for our schools.  As a future member of the school board, I will continue my interactions attending parent organization meetings at the elementary & middle schools, continuing to meet with administrators, teachers and parents to fully represent the priorities & passions benefiting our students learning.   

I will be honored to serve the students & families of the Camas School District.  Please feel free to contact me!  Let’s have coffee!

Thank you for your continued support.