Our family has known Joe Smith for almost 25 years and we have always known him to work to help students, no matter what it takes to get them the help that is needed. We live in district 3 and our children graduated in 2013 from Ivy Academy, a Hamilton County School. This was before Joe became a school board member, but that does not mean they were not helped by Joe Smith. His leadership of the YMCA Y-CAP program instilled core values in each child that was involved. My daughter was a volunteer with the Y-Cap Program and saw first hand what Joe did in his leadership of staff, attendees, parents and volunteers. She witnessed his strong desire to have every child succeed but also saw his soft hands and voice in reaching children. My son, Marcus witnessed the Y-Cap program first hand when he was suspended for pushing a young man away from him when he wanted to start a fight. My husband and I had a difficult time with the schools decision to suspend Marcus for three days when he was only trying to avoid an issue - but yes, he did put his hands on the other boys shoulder - after being hit in the face. When we made a call to Joe and asked for his support, Joe was quick to see the error of Marcus' actions and suggested he spend his three days with him at Y-Cap. This allowed Marcus to see what can happen when poor decisions are made, he attended court cases for other students in the program, visited a judges chambers to see the "correct" side of the law and witnessed first hand how he really is a fortunate child to have parents who love and support him. To say the least, the old adage of "It Takes A Village To Raise a Child" --- well, we are glad Joe Smith was part of that village. Joe has instilled perseverance in my children continues to contribute to their success even to this day. We know for a fact that since Joe has been on the school board, that he has been a tremendous help to their high school alma mater, and speaks to residents regularly to get input about current issues affecting schools. Joe offers a fresh but experienced perspective to our Hamilton County School Board.
VOTE JOE SMITH, for the Hamilton County School Board.
Paula, Danny, Marianah and Marcus Hurn