sure they are receiving the best kind of education in a safe, healthy environment.

To give you a little perspective on who I am, I was born and raised in Granite City. I graduated from Granite City High School in
2009, then attended Southwestern Illinois College for two years. I went on to finish my undergrad at Millikin University in 2013 and
obtained a B.A. in English-Journalism. Throughout my time at school, all three facilities, I was involved in several clubs,
committees and organizations. I truly thought I would move away from the area after graduating from Millikin, life clearly had other
plans for me. I am now heavily involved with the Granite City theatre scene, was invited to be involved with a couple non-profit
organizations like the Good Samaritan House and I am a writer for the AdVantage News. If you are wondering why my name looks
so familiar you may have recognized my byline. In addition, I work for at the National Archives and Records
Administration in St. Louis as a Digitization Specialist and write for two out of state premier lifestyle magazines.
Yes, I may have a full plate, but that will not deter me from my commitment to this elected position.

I hope to use my leadership skills and experience to help develop new ideas and strategies that will help make our schools and
students thrive. Success is key, and I want nothing more than to see our students grow up and make a difference. In order for our
children to go above and beyond, it has to start by having people in charge and on the School Board who are open and willing to
make these opportunities happen.

Listed below are some goals I would like to achieve:

-        First and foremost, I am committed to the safety and well-being of our students. I cannot tell you how many parents I have
spoken with who have said their child has been a victim of bullying. Bullying is unacceptable, plain and simple. I believe the Board
needs to work more with teachers and administrators to really crack down on this issue and be more aware of when it is
happening. Children should not have a fear of going to school, and we have a duty to make sure our schools are a safe and
welcoming environment. It does not matter if you are White, African American, Latinx, LGBTQ, Jewish, Catholic, Atheist – bullying
will not be tolerated, and I will make sure it stays that way.

-        When it comes to hiring staff, teachers and administrators, the choice should be based off their merit and qualifications, not
favoritism. This will be especially crucial within the next year because we have many beloved members of the school district who
will either be stepping down or retiring. We need to make sure these positions are filled by individuals who have a passion for their
work and are fully committed to helping students.

-        I want to make sure taxpayer dollars are used in a responsible manner and put towards programs and activities will enhance
and further one’s education and skills. By no means should taxpayer dollars be used to benefit oneself or go to one specific
program which will result in many other programs and activities to be cut.

-        To be in an elected position, listening is key. I promise to listen to the concerns of students, parents, teachers and the
community. Everyone has a fair say, and everyone’s concerns and opinions should be accounted for. Members of the Board have a
duty to make sure there is always constant communication. We should always be creating a level of transparency, and members
of the Board need to find solutions to problems and set an example by making a difference.

-        Students are currently not exceeding or meeting the appropriate standards when it comes to testing. Therefore, I would like to
work with teachers and counselors in finding different solutions and strategizing on better ways for students to receive an
education that will be beneficial for their future. Unfortunately, a lot of schools a teaching to test, not to learn, and there must be a
better way to go about this.

-        When it comes to our vocational classes, I believe we need to expand them and offer more for students who do not
necessarily need to go to a four-year college in order to pursue a career that they want.

-        The Board needs to find ways to get children to attend and stay in school. Attendance levels are decreasing at an alarming
rate, and that is unacceptable.

If there are any concerns or issues you would like to address, please feel free to contact me directly at dennypatterson7@gmail.
com, or like and follow my Facebook page, Denny Patterson for Granite City School Board. Your comments are very important to
me, and I want to help as much as possible. The Granite City community has every right to have a say in what goes on with the
school district.

Your support and vote is much appreciated, and I hope you will give me a chance to not only help our schools and students, but
Granite City as well. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.

Denny Patterson