Schools superintendent:

Support eateries,schools

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

I love Richmond’s restaurants. So far, I’ve had the pleasure of eating at Southern Kitchen (I could eat three servings of the famous fried pickles at one sitting), Nota Bene (burrata from heaven), Croaker’s Spot (superb seafood), Perly’s (matzah ball soup that reminds me of my mother’s), Graffiato (pizza perfection), and Whisk (the sweet smell of freshly baked pastries just makes me smile). And I have a long, long list of recommendations that I look forward to enjoying over the coming months and years.

In fact, Richmond’s food scene is one of the many reasons my family and I were so excited to relocate here. I hope it continues to flourish so we can show the rest of the nation that Richmond’s restaurants are second to none.

I also love the Richmond Public Schools — and the children we serve. We’re a great, diverse, booming city. Can’t we support both?

First, our schools. I am going to do everything humanly possible to make sure that every one of our 24,000 students gets a truly excellent education that prepares them to live their dreams. Part of that effort is making sure they have school buildings that make them think: “The adults of this city love me.” Sadly, too many of our buildings fail to meet this bar.

I have two elementary-aged sons who will be RPS students next fall. I share this because one of the questions I always ask myself when making decisions as Superintendent is this: “What would I want for my own two sons?” If it’s not good enough for them, then it’s not good enough for anyone’s children. I want my sons to go to school in a building that shows how much I/we care for them. So that’s what I want for all children in our city.

Think of the young people in your life — your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews — and ask: “Are RPS’s facilities good enough for them?”

Second, our restaurants. Great schools will inevitably mean more people choosing to live and raise families in Richmond. That means a lot more people looking for a great place to eat to celebrate life with their families. But we don’t have to wait to start celebrating. Let’s start now by making the month of February a celebration of great food and great schools. I call upon every Richmonder (and everyone who visits our great city) to eat out even more during the month of February. Try some new restaurants or revisit old favorites. Let’s show our collective love for the RVA food scene. Tweet pictures of yourself eating out with the hashtag #GreatFoodGreatSchools.

And then, with a full stomach and a smile on your face, please call your Council Member and ask them to support our schools.

Jason Kamras,

Superintendent,Richmond Public Schools.

Richmond.

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