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October 10, 2019 · OPINION

Rachel Bongiovi would make school board stronger

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Center District school board candidate Rachel Bongiovi.
By Jeff Davis

Mental health needs to be as normalized as physical health, and treating mental health as commonplace and objective as taking amoxicillin for strep throat. If you want Fauquier’s kids to be truly healthy, you need to support my neighbor, Rachel Bongiovi, and her bid for Fauquier County School Board (Center District).

When I started to struggle with depression and anxiety as a pre-teen and teenager, there was no one like Rachel fighting for me. I was told to “man up.” I need far more than 250 words to describe the damage that “advice” has done to me and countless other men and women.

Rachel’s candidacy excites me. Children requiring extra mental health support have the same potential as neurotypical children. Rachel’s passion about therapeutic day treatment and mental health awareness will help aneurotypical children succeed not just in school, but as adults who are productive, engaged citizens. Others will begin to understand how to lift up their aneurotypical peers and how to include them.

I also cheer her on for wanting to increase teacher salaries. If you think teachers are paid plenty, you’re flat wrong. If we paid teachers a babysitter wage at $10 an hour, for 25 kids, eight hours a day, for 180 days, that’s $360,000 a year. We can do far better than the insulting crumbs teachers use to scrape by.

Our teachers and children are the future’s front line. Set them all up for a better life. Vote for Rachel on Nov. 5.
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Viyrers · November 17, 2019 at 3:02 pm
Yes, mental health is a very important thing not only for the students but for everyone. That is why I'm interested in how to buy an essay online at review service. Sometimes I feel depression while writing my coursework so I definitely need some help. Thankfully there are a few good review services that possibly could help me a lot. It is hard to be student and work in the same time nowadays.
mgrabner · October 29, 2019 at 11:48 am
I've enjoyed her direct reply's to my questions and look forward to having her represent the Center District!
DonkeyFarmer · October 11, 2019 at 6:06 pm
Jeff Davis - I'm sure Bongiovi would make a good school board member, I just take issue with your math on teacher pay. You say just paying a babysitter wage of $10 an hour would result in $360,000 per year. You are actually calculating it at $10 an hour per student, so you actually mean $250 per hour. Why the need to be misleading?
AllenBongiovi · October 11, 2019 at 9:57 am
Thanks Jeff for writing this great article about Rachel. Her mental health message will benefit all of Fauquier County Schools.
MichelleH · October 11, 2019 at 5:12 am
Rachael Bongiovi has the fresh, innovative energy we need on our School Board. Did you know that under federal law, “mental health “ is not considered an issue that can be addressed when dealing with bullying? Bongiovi knows that it is the issue. Help our children and please vote for Bongiovi!
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