Letter - Support Wa-Hi bond to keep Walla Walla Valley strong

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I heard something worrisome the other day.

A respected friend who grew up in Walla Walla was being encouraged to apply for an open position locally. She’s a doctor with a young family and currently living in another state. One of her concerns with coming back to raise her child here was the appearance of a lack of support for our schools.

I was raised in Walla Walla. I attended Green Park, Berney, Pioneer and Walla Walla High School. I am proud of the education I received and chose to move back to Walla Walla to raise my children.

When I talk with peers about why they chose this area, I almost always hear “because it’s a wonderful place to raise a family.” But what happens to our community when our young adults start questioning that and stop returning to Walla Walla to settle down and raise their family?

As a local business owner and someone who is invested in the health of our community, I can tell you the consequences would be serious.

There are so many reasons to support the Wa-Hi bond.

Number one is that it’s necessary for our students.

The district has focused on its greatest needs. Our kids will be competing for jobs in the near future and I don’t think updated labs, modern science equipment and proper ventilation are unreasonable requests. As part of this community, each of us is responsible for supporting the education of our children.

It’s not only the right thing to do, but it’s an investment in our town.

These kids will some day be our doctors, engineers, business owners, builders and more. I believe ensuring quality educational opportunities is imperative to the health and vitality of our community.

This measure does require a 60 percent supermajority to pass. Every single yes vote is needed to support our kids and show them we care about the next generation. Please join me in voting yes and keeping the Walla Walla Valley strong.

Tiffany Singer Jenes

Walla Walla

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