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Letter of the Week—October 10th, 2011

To Whom It May Concern,

I want you to know that President Obama has my vote not only because I believe in him and where he can take this country, but because I believe in what he and Mrs. Obama can do together to help our public education system.

I am embarking on my second career as a teacher at the age of 31. After working for seven years out of college in sales and marketing, I went back to pursue my master's degree in education because I felt it was a calling, and because I felt I had something to give to America's youth. This is my second year as a full-time educator, and I have to tell you, I don't regret my decision for a single moment. However, I must also let you know that something needs to change, and soon.

In a nation as great and prosperous as ours, and that has given life and hope to such great and inspiring people as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Thomas Jefferson, Eleanor Roosevelt, and yes, even Barack Obama, we are falling behind others at much too rapid a pace. We are doing a severe disservice to our children. Instead of No Child Left Behind pushing students through the system, we need quality educators, great leaders, supportive parents, well-equipped school buildings, and responsive communities helping to teach students that they can be anything they want to be—but they must work for it. Isn't this the American dream? Somehow I feel it has gotten lost in recent years, and it is our job and our duty as Americans to ensure that this next generation, and all those that follow, have the same ideals, hopes, and dreams that we all know and appreciate.

This is why I voted for President Obama in 2008, and this is why I will vote for him again in 2012. I know that he is the man that can lead this country and our children in the right direction.

As a writing and history teacher to 8th grade students, I knew that hanging a poster of President Obama saying "In no other country on earth is my story even possible" would inspire my young African-American students, who ride a bus for an hour every morning just to attend a better school and work for something more than they might have otherwise. I can't imagine how far he can take these students, and I can't wait to see where he will lead us in the next five years.

I thank you for this lovely opportunity. I hope that this email reaches you well, and I will continue to help and support this campaign as much as possible!

Thank you, and God bless you,

Christy, Tennessee

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