To The Editor:
My name is Christian Jock, and I am the son of Craig and Vicky (Adams) Jock. I grew up in Fort Covington and now currently live in Kingstowne, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C.
I am not a Salmon River Central School District resident anymore, however, Fort Covington and Akwesasne is and always will be home for me. Most people who know me in the school district would understand my devout love for the Salmon River school community and unwavering commitment to a strong school family - a school family that includes my three nieces, four chosen nephews, and a brother and cousin who serve as school administrators.
Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to be involved in providing services to the community. In my high school days at Salmon River, I was actively involved in community and school politics – whether it be running for student body president or knocking on doors asking for community members to support a particular candidate for local office or a candidate for the board of education.
I understood and firmly believed that the candidates I supported kept the very best interests of the people – adults and children, alike – that they represented closest at heart in their actions and decision-making.
This is why I endorse Emily Lauzon, my aunt, as a candidate for the Salmon River School Board of Education and ask you to support her bid for re-election.
I continue to follow local politics and provide support, as much as I can, to the people and organizations that work over and above for the school community. My passion for doing what is best for the SRC family is a tradition I believe I carry from my family, including, Craig, my dad; John and Ann Jock, my grandparents; Harold Lauzon, an uncle; my Uncle Mike Sisto, Alison Benedict, a cousin and SRC principal; my brother Ryan Adams, SRC Buildings and Grounds superintendent; and my Aunt Emily, a sitting BOE member - all of whom have served the school community in some capacity over the years.
I attribute most of the shaping of my ambitions to Aunt Emily, a former St. Regis Mohawk Tribal leader and an inspiration, whose political exchanges have always helped me to develop decisive awareness and firm convictions.
Throughout my short career service to Indian people at the U.S. Department of the Interior, I have witnessed community poverty in the sense of loss of language and culture, insufficient school buildings, a lack of qualified teachers, and deep shortages of funding.
Each of these tough issues can be struggling for a school leader – especially a school board member. These are struggles that Emily has faced during her time representing you – a member of the Salmon River community. The core of struggle is to examine every side of important and controversial issues in an atmosphere of reasoned argument and respectful dialogue – skills that Emily tries to incorporate into every form of decision-making relative to the concerns of the teachers, children, and school community she represents.
I hope that her advocacy efforts are seen as helping bring increased and enhanced services to our children, the children of our neighbor towns who are fortunate to call SRC their school, teachers, and the entire school family. I am optimistic that her continued work, in support of a top notch education, music and arts, and athletic environment at Salmon River, has helped strengthen the entire school community - not ruined it.
Some may think Im an outsider to the school community right now but my message is clear: Emilys experience as a school board member and her energetic commitment to community service make her the best choice to serve as a member of the Salmon River Central School Board of Education.
Please, exercise your right – as a member of the Salmon River school community – to re-elect Emily Lauzon in her bid to represent the children, parents, teachers, and our school family.
Christian M. Jock