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October 27, 2023

Letter: Be the solution for improving Tulsa Public Schools by being a mentor

Originally published on Tulsa World

American orator, writer and statesman Frederick Douglass once said “It is easier to build children than it is to repair broken men.”

I’m emotionally exhausted listening to the State Superintendent Ryan Walters’ skewed vision of the future of our children, but I’m not hopeless.

I challenge Tulsans to start a “building campaign” with me: Spend an hour or two each week volunteering with Reading Partners or check in with your neighborhood school to help with its needs.

There are ample opportunities to read with students in the library, help with lunch time, offer assistance with field day and other activities. The list is endless, and the children and teachers are very appreciative.

Every successful construction project begins with planning and a dedicated team of workers. I encourage Tulsans to sign on.

Nancy Swain, Tulsa

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