Dear Editor – Paspalis Supports Chardiet

Dear Editor,

In the time I’ve served on our Culver City School Board, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get things done in tough economic times. It takes knowledge of budgets, out-of-the-box thinking, and an awareness of the unique characteristics of each of our Culver City schools.

Being an effective member of the Culver City school board takes knowing our community of students, parents, teachers, administrators and staff, and working to find ways for everyone to join together in meeting the many challenges we face. It’s a tall order. It takes commitment, creativity, passion, and a vision for the future – and Laura Chardiet’s got it all. That’s why I’m asking you to help elect her to our Culver City Board of Education.

Laura and I share the same passion for educational excellence and the same dedication to our Culver City schools. And we’re both moms with kids in the district currently; we have an ongoing stake in the success and future of our school system. Laura has been a teacher – she knows how important it is to keep the focus on the classroom. She currently administers a $15 million adult literacy program for LAUSD. She has also served on the Culver City Council of PTAs, La Ballona Site Council and the CCUSD Community Budget Advisory Committee, giving her insight into dealing with our district’s budget. A few snippets of Laura’s recent activities include:

• Laura served three times as a delegate on the 33rd District of the California State PTA’s Sacramento Safari. Her enthusiasm for the program, which teaches PTA members about education issues and how to be effective advocates for our children, has helped make the Culver City school district’s delegation to Sacramento one of the largest there.

• Laura founded the Legacy Tile Wall at the La Ballona Elementary entrance.

• Laura expanded La Ballona’s International Dinner program so that now it showcases dances from around the world. Over 400 students participate in this celebration.

• Laura founded the healthy snack expo “Taste of La Ballona,” applying for and receiving grants from the California PTA to support it.

Time and time again Laura Chardiet has taken something good, and made it better.

Laura will kick-off her campaign at the home of (Vice Mayor) Scott and Anne Malsin, 4237 Neosho Avenue, on Sunday, July 24 from 4 to 6 pm. That’s this coming Sunday! Please join me there if you can and meet this extraordinary woman who has been putting her time and energy where her heart is— into our kids and our schools. Once you get to know Laura, I know you’ll understand why I, and those listed below with me, strongly support Laura Chardiet’s election to our Culver City school board, and why you should, too.

See you there,

Kathy Paspalis

The Actors' Gang

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