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Dawn Danko On Walking To School

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

The ability to walk to school is a fundamental right that should be enjoyed by all children on the Central Mountain.

However, by closing walkable community schools and building large big-box schools, the Public School Board has been on a path that leaves parents no option but to drive their kids to school.

This is not healthy for our students, and it is not healthy for our society.

Please read my thoughts on the importance of walking to school below.

Sincerely,

Dawn Danko

Public School Trustee Candidate

Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB, Marlon Picken, Sarah Warry-Poljanski

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Dawn Danko on Why Experience Counts In Run For Public School Trustee

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

As my campaign for Ward 7 – Hamilton Central Mountain – Public School Trustee is wrapping up, I though I would share my thoughts on why I believe that it is important to have a trustee candidate with bonafide real world experience working for you.

Please read my thoughts on why I believe experience counts in the run for Ward 7 – Hamilton Central Mountain – Public School Trustee.

Sincerely,

Dawn Danko

Public School Trustee Candidate

Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB, Marlon Picken, Sarah Warry-Poljanski

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Dawn Danko In The News – Busing Should Be Extended To All MacNab Students

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

If I have learned anything during my campaign for Ward 7 – Hamilton Central Mountain Public School Trustee, it is how important it is to listen to parents when they identify an issue with their child’s education.

A recent example that was pointed out to me while talking to parents at the door is the dreadful situation facing Armstrong students and many other students across the central mountain who now face a daily HSR bus commute of over two hours.

From my comments in a recent story in the Hamilton Community News:

According to the school board, transportation costs are nothing compared to the cost of keeping schools open, so we need to find the money to meet the needs of our students,” said Danko.

“The school board made this mess when they made their high school decisions. They need to be responsible for the students affected.”

“Certainly we must have capacity in our high schools that can deal with a shift in boundaries of a block or two.”

To read more about my proposal to allow parents the freedom to choose where their child will attend school – please click here.

For the full story in the Hamilton Community News – please click here.

Sincerely,

Dawn Danko

Public School Trustee Candidate

Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB, Marlon Picken, Sarah Warry-Poljanski

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Dawn Danko Proposes Giving Parents The Freedom To Choose Where Their Children Attend School

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

Knocking on doors and speaking to parents across the Central Mountain, one of the most common concerns that I have heard is school boundaries.

As it stands now, children are forced to attend a specific school depending on where they live and what the school boundaries are.

The idea that the Board can unilaterally define school boundaries and force a child to attend one school or another just seems so authoritarian and outdated to modern parents.

Instead, I believe that parents should have the freedom to send their child to either their home school, or to any other school they choose.

If elected Trustee, I will work to implement a three year pilot program that would allow parents the freedom to choose which school their children attend.

Please read the details of my proposal below.

Sincerely,

Dawn Danko

Public School Trustee Candidate

Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB, Marlon Picken, Sarah Warry-Poljanski

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Thank-You To My Supporters & Volunteers – Signs Are Going Up – Dawn Danko for Trustee

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

I just want to send out a sincere thank-you to all of my campaign supporters across Ward 7 – Hamilton Central Mountain!

It has been a true pleasure to speak to each and every one of you at the door, and I am so grateful to those who are passionate enough about public education in Hamilton to put up a lawn sign.

If you don’t already have a lawn sign but would like to join your neighbours and add your voice, please contact me using the form below!

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It has been amazing and humbling to see the support for our campaign growing every day – and with just four weeks to go we are going to push hard right through to the finish!

Sincerely,

Dawn Danko

Public School Trustee Candidate

Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB, Marlon Picken, Sarah Warry-Poljanski

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Dawn Danko In The News – Hamilton Community News Column – Time To End Board’s Patronizing Attitude

 Dear Friends in Ward 7:

In my recent column in the Hamilton Community News, I used the opportunity to discuss the core values that I believe I can bring to the public school board if elected as Ward 7 – Hamilton Central Mountain Public School Trustee on October 27th, 2014.

My column was inspired by a quote from Thomas Jefferson who said:

I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led.

To me, this is the essential quality that I would like to bring to the public school board – along with the real world experience needed to be an effective trustee.

We cannot continue on the current path of setting board policy based on ideology and a vague idea of “we know whats best for you”.

From my column:

Parent involvement in the school system is critical to ensure that local issues are considered at the board level. The current top-down “we know best” decision-making process does not value input from the talented and experienced parents, teachers, city partners and community members, and is a trend that does not serve our students well.

With a taxpayer-funded annual budget of over $500 million, the elected board of trustees must ensure the entire Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is transparent and accountable.

For the entire Hamilton Community News column, please click here.

Sincerely,

Dawn Danko

Public School Trustee Candidate

Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB, Marlon Picken, Sarah Warry-Poljanski

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Photos from the Bright Run 2014 – Breast Cancer Research In Greater Hamilton Today

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

I recently took some time out from campaigning to volunteer at the 2014 BRIGHT Run.

Cancer touches so many in our society and as a medical radiation therapist I spent years being inspired by the courage of those facing this horrible disease.

In particular, I support the BRIGHT Run because it raises money for cancer research right here in Hamilton.

I ran the photo booth with one of my former students Alisha Jewell, so I thought it would be fun to post some of the photos from the BRIGHT Run here (see below).

Please leave a message if you see yourself and would like me to email you a copy of your photo (if you don’t already have it).

Sincerely,

Dawn Danko

Public School Trustee Candidate

Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB, Marlon Picken, Sarah Warry-Poljanski

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Dawn Danko Answer’s Questions About Technology In The Classroom

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

In 2014 the Public School Board officially endorsed the promotion of 21st century learning skills.

However, all too often this simply means allowing students access to mobile phones during class time and replacing textbooks with iPads.

In the interview below, I share my own ideas about the role of technology in the classroom and the direction I would take the Board if elected trustee on October 27th, 2014.

Please leave me a message in the comments, I would really appreciate your input!

Sincerely,

Dawn Danko

Public School Trustee Candidate

Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB, Marlon Picken, Sarah Warry-Poljanski

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Dawn Danko Supports Green Energy With Bullfrog Power

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

Environmental issues seem to be everywhere these days, and an educated, scientific approach to dealing with these issues starts in the classroom.

It is with this in mind that I am thrilled to announce that the electricity supplied to my campaign office is now carbon neutral – thanks to our partnership with Bullfrog Power!

Please read my thoughts below on opportunities that I see for real world environmental education.

Sincerely,

Dawn Danko

Public School Trustee Candidate

Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB, Marlon Picken, Sarah Warry-Poljanski

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HWDSB Mistakes Assets for Liabilities – Dawn Danko

Dear Friends In Ward 7:

As a small business owner, I always seem to be thinking about real world business solutions to issues facing public education in Hamilton.

This article explores these ideas further.

Sincerely,

Dawn Danko

Public School Trustee Candidate

Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB, Marlon Picken, Sarah Warry-Poljanski

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