To The Editor:

I am honored to be a candidate for school director in Region 1 of the Pocono Mountain School District. I am running to make a positive difference in our schools, community, and the lives of our students and families. I care very much about the future of our children and the district.

I have lived in Pocono Township for 33 years and have worked in community outreach and communications at Pocono Services for Families and Children for the last eight years. My job gives me insight into the importance of education, community involvement, and meeting the various needs of our children and residents.

If elected, I promise transparency, honest communication and respect for the concerns of residents/taxpayers. I want to know how you feel about the issues, so I can make appropriate, fair decisions.

As a PMSD parent, I can empathize and understand with what families are going through, especially during COVID-19. My experiences and empathy as a parent (and a taxpayer, too) will make me an asset on the school board.

My oldest daughter graduated in 2017, achieving the rank of salutatorian. My youngest daughter is a sixth grader at Swiftwater Intermediate School. They have participated in sports, extracurricular activities and school competitions.
I have a great deal of respect for the teachers and all district employees. The job of serving our children is a very important one. I was not in favor of outsourcing our transportation department and I empathize with all the bus drivers affected.
I strongly believe in community service and worked for the United Way of Monroe County before my current position with PSFC. I hold a B.A. with highest honors in communications from William Paterson University and have taken master’s level courses in education at East Stroudsburg University. I enjoyed coaching soccer for PMYSA when my oldest daughter was younger.

Feel free to check out my Facebook page and ask any questions you may have of me (Chris Grape-Garvey for PMSD School Board).

I would sincerely appreciate your vote in the May 18 primary, on either the Republican or Democratic ballot. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the constituents and help ensure a bright future for our children.

Chris Grape-Garvey