Symonds Encourages Support for Schools

Editor,

I would like to extend kudos to the Jenkins Middle School students and staff on their School of Distinction award for the third year in a row. This award reflects the quality of education beginning at Gess, moving through JMS and on to JHS that Chewelah is fortunate to have.

In the next few weeks, Chewelah citizens have a vote to keep our school facilities as they are now or to make them better with the help of state matching funds. Our buildings are in troubling condition and are in need of improvement or replacement.

On December 25, 2012 my life changed as I was involved in a snowmobile accident which resulted in me being paralyzed from the chest down. The love, generosity, and well wishes from my community have been eye opening. I never thought I would receive so much compassion and kindness. This has been a very humbling experience. I want to thank everyone for your prayers, thoughts and love. Through this time, I have seen what a wonderful community I live in. My hope is that we continue to grow by supporting the building bond for Chewelah Schools. The resulting building will be a shining light for all of us in the Chewelah community.

My accident has caused some chapters in my life, but what will never change is my pride in our students and the Chewelah community. I very much want all of us to continue to work together in the education of our kids. Please vote YES on February 12.

Jon Symonds

Chewelah