Child-advocacy Leaders Endorse Megan Kerr for School Board
2013-11-01 · By Editor
Today, the leaders of two child-advocacy groups based in Long Beach put their support behind Megan Kerr – the candidate for the 1st District school board seat.
Dora Jacildo serves as the Executive Director of Children Today, a non-profit that serves Long Beach children and their families who are homeless or involved in the child welfare system. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Los Angeles Universal Preschool, whose mission is to provide access to quality early childhood education programs for all children in Los Angeles County, and serves on the faculty at Los Angeles Harbor College.
“Through my work with Children Today, I see time-and-again the large role that education has in the lives of children and their families,” said Jacildo. “I support Megan because she has always seen the need for a greater accessibility of resources for our kids. For some of these kids, school may be the only place where their lives are stable and where they feel accomplished and in control. I support Megan because she understands this and will work to ensure that the LBUSD is meeting the needs of all of our children.”
The second endorsement comes from former Long Beach City Councilman Mike Donelon, who is currently the Executive Director of Action Sports Kids Foundation (ASK), an organization he also founded. ASK is dedicated to providing the youth of Long Beach with alternatives to gangs and the streets by engaging them in sports, education, and the arts. Most notably, the organization was instrumental in creating the Long Beach Skate Park Program.
“I’ve known Megan for a long time through her work with Long Beach schools,” Donelon said. “The youth of Long Beach are at the top of her priority list and always have been. She understands that the LBUSD’s duty towards its students doesn’t end when they leave the classroom. What sets Megan apart from other candidates is her knowledge of and willingness to work with community organizations that provide outlets for our youth, even when they are not in school.”
Upon receiving these endorsements, Megan Kerr commented: “It’s a great honor to be recognized by Dora Jacildo and Mike Donelon. Like them, I believe that our children are this City’s greatest resource. If elected to the School Board, I will continue to work with organizations like Children Today and ASK to help our youth reach their full potential – both in and out of the classroom.”
Megan Kerr is a lifetime Long Beach resident and parent with 12 years of service to Long Beach schools. A volunteer and PTA member in the LBUSD and a dedicated advocate for education funding in California, Megan has worked in school programs, organized rallies and information panels, and led meetings with stakeholders across the district. As School Board Liaison for the Long Beach Council PTA, Megan was recognized by teachers, administrators, parents, and community leaders for her leadership during the 2010 state budget crisis, traveling to Sacramento to advocate directly with elected representatives for Long Beach’s education priorities. Megan and her husband, Andy, live in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood where they have raised their three children, Christian, Evan, and Emma, who all still attend LBUSD schools.