LETTER: Choose the candidate who understands students

Letter to the Editor

While we are all our own individual persons with different thought processes, the students of the PYA Alliance and other students all agree on promoting equity and diversity within our school. In light of recent events, we have felt the need to speak out about the upcoming School Board Election and what we would like in a candidate. We feel that even though most of us are not eligible to vote, we should still get the opportunity to voice our concerns and views seeing as the decisions made by people on the School Board affect us.

While we love our school, we still think that there are many things that can be done to help continue pushing us forward. We need a candidate who will take action to help our school continue progressing. Someone who is open minded and values and respects all students’ perspectives and experiences. A candidate who has also spent time with a variety of people of different cultures, ethnicities, sexualities, and genders. We need someone who will not only sympathize but who will also empathize with students, faculty, and staff of any color, gender, or sexuality. We need a candidate who understands that while our school district is wonderful, there are still many conflicts and issues going on that need to be resolved and fixed for the sake of our students. A person who understands that racism, homophobia, sexism, and general inequality are real issues that many of our students have to face on a daily basis. Not only do we need a candidate who is all this, but we also need a person who will take the time to listen to the people who are affected by the decisions that are made. We need someone who realizes that the students of the Penn Yan Central School District understand and are conscious of the things going on around us and we will be willing and ready to speak out if something is not going right.

We believe that our school district should be a safe place where kids can be free to be themselves without the worry of facing any sorts of adversity. Many of us are extremely concerned that there may be a possibility where a candidate may be selected who will not uphold the traits that we feel is best for propelling our school forward. The last thing we would want is for a candidate to have a racist and transphobic ideology. We strongly encourage all voters to do research on each candidate before making a decision.

We are speaking out because we not only want the best for our fellow students in our district but for future generations of students as well. We want them to have the best learning experience possible with the best candidate to ensure this.

Thank you,

PYA Alliance and other concerned students

EDITOR’S NOTE: Letter writers are responsible for making sure the information they submit is accurate and factual.