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I am writing to encourage all residents of Kirkland and Redmond to vote on Feb. 11 in support of our extraordinary Lake Washington School District. Our local students have been blessed with one of the best school districts in Washington. Thanks to your support, LWSD has been able to move us ever closer to having all students lead rewarding lives and become successful contributors to our society. The bond and levy measures on the upcoming ballot will provide greater learning tools, safety measures, security and health upgrades, in addition to supporting 22 percent of the general operating revenue and giving school building and site improvements to support 4,000 additional students.

The success of your school district and their graduates touches every member of our community, regardless of attendance at a LWSD school. Quality schools have a direct and significant impact on our home values. The success of our graduates helps to bring top companies to Kirkland and Redmond, which brings additional and higher level job options. Their strong critical thinking skills and education builds a higher standard of living and ultimately raises the employment opportunities for everyone in our community.

My family has long been a fan of the outstanding quality of education provided in our district. Our eldest son attended Juanita Elementary, Finn Hill Junior High and graduated from Juanita High School. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree last year he is now a successful employee for a major company in the Pacific Northwest. Our youngest is attending school at the improved and safer building of A.G. Bell Elementary. Our daughter attends the extraordinary Kirkland Middle School, upgraded in 2004. No matter which school you pick, this district has a plan to make certain it remains one of the best and ultimately raises the bar for our entire community.

You can make our community stronger by voting yes for Lake Washington schools. Thank you so much for your support of the Lake Washington School District on Feb. 11.

Johnmichael Monteith, Kirkland

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