LETTER: Yvonne Helbert Announces Candidacy For Wilmington School Committee

Dear Editor and Wilmington Residents,

I am writing to announce my candidacy for the Wilmington School Committee. I bring a different level of perspective to this position as my background is neither in education nor public service. I have worked as a published Scientist in the field of Molecular Biology for the past 17 years. The last 10 of which have been with a small start-up company. Working at a start-up requires you to wear many hats, think critically and creatively in a team environment through collaboration with others. I also have first-hand experience maneuvering constant federal and several state regulatory changes. My experience will carry into the school system in a scientific analytical approach putting the voice of the parent’s concerns and the children’s needs at the forefront. We need a plan put into action to help our children succeed in the school system. I feel my unique skill set will bring a breath of fresh air to the Wilmington school system.

I have lived in Wilmington for the past 15 with my husband John and daughter Zoey. I am currently serving my third term as Vice President/Secretary on the Wilmington Pop Warner board. I am also the Scholastic Coordinator. This position not only monitors our student athletes’ academics, but also ensures that they are recognized for their outstanding academic achievements at the national level. My husband is an active-duty Army National Guardsman and has proudly been serving our country for 26 years. When he deployed to Afghanistan, I chaired his unit’s Family Readiness Group—communicating with all the family and friends of the deployed Soldiers and coordinating events to keep everyone connected and supported. This deployment gave me a small dose of understanding what single parents go through. This past year has been challenging for everyone, but it has been tough on our children. I have witnessed firsthand the struggles my daughter and her friends have faced. I have had personal conversations with many of you about the struggles you and your families have had. Education is of the utmost importance to give our children the best possible future. The position of School Committee is to ensure that the parents have a voice at the table.  As a parent, I can assure you that I can be that voice. If you want change, please consider me on April 24, 2021 as you vote for the School Committee.

Sincerely,

Yvonne Helbert

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