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Letters to the Editor Lexington Minuteman: Candidacy Announcement

Dear Editor

I am incredibly proud of our Lexington Public School system and our community. We pick critical projects, brainstorm and then pressure test solutions through town wide debate. It is a comforting affirmation of our participatory democracy.

This approach helps children prepare for life because they closely observe what we do. They are a product of our school system and the environment. Lexington children are artistically, athletically, and academically, some of the best in Massachusetts. Can we educate them to be the best citizens too?

These thoughts and more have made me decide to run for the School Committee in March. I have lived in Lexington for over 20 years and have children in the middle and high schools. I have volunteered in many roles such as room parent, science fair organizer, and PTO president. I serve on the Site Council for Diamond and coach the Science Olympiad team and Science Bowl teams. Our children have excelled at state and international levels. I coached a First Lego League (FLL) robotics team which won the Research Prize at the World Competition 2017 in St. Louis, out of field of over 30,000 teams worldwide. In addition to Lexington, I have volunteered in Dorchester and Lawrence schools. I currently serve as a grants committee member of the Hestia group- a philanthropic organization working in inner city schools. I believe in the equitable distribution of the greatest asset of all: education. 

We are challenged by issues of enrollment, capital demands, student stress, and diverse needs while imparting quality education. These we must diligently address. However, we can also aspire to create a resilient, engaged and compassionate student community. 
I will work towards that goal if given the mandate to join the Lexington School Committee this March.

Yours truly
Deepika Sawhney

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