Corey Butler for Northfield School Board

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Public schools have mattered to me my entire life.
 
As a child, I found comfort and shelter in my schools. It was a place I looked forward to daily for learning, for friendship and for a sense of belonging. Public schools shaped me into the adult that I became.
 
As a journalism graduate, my first job was as the education reporter for the Faribault Daily News, covering the various public and private schools in that community. I later covered schools in Kenyon, Wanamingo and Northfield as a reporter and editor at the Northfield News and Northfield Patch.
 
My father was a school custodian for most of my life and my mother has been a school bus driver for more than 30 years.
 
Public schools have always been part of my life.
 
With my years of reporting about schools, I can combine my knowledge of the budget/administrative side of education with the human side of what matters to families. I'm a parent of elementary school students (Every Gecko, Every Day!), and I feel this has been a missing perspective from the school board in recent years.
 
Other ways in which I've contributed to the Northfield community:
• Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) board member
• Northfield Hockey Association coach and equipment manager
• Defeat of Jesse James Days committee member
• Community Action Center's Operation Joy gift box assembler
• Cannon Valley Elder Collegium panelist on journalism
Northfield.org vice chair
 
You can find more about me at www.fb.com/CoreyforNorthfieldSchools.
 
I hope you'll consider voting for me for Northfield School Board on (or before) Nov. 3.