~ Submitted by Holly Munsie
I am writing in support of Sheila Mehta-Green for the Bedford School Committee. I have had the pleasure of volunteering together with Sheila for many years as part of BEST (Bedford Elementary Schools Together) and MSPA (Middle School Parents Association). She would be an excellent member of the School Committee based on her commitment and passion for helping our schools, interest in the social emotional learning of our students, and willingness to listen and collaborate with families, teachers, and principals.
Sheila has shown her commitment to helping the Bedford Schools through many years of volunteering and leading programs. Sheila was a room parent ten times at Lane and Davis Schools. She co-chaired the Lane Celebrating Differences program, where she developed innovative activities to help students understand what it was like to have various disabilities. Sheila was a founding member of the BEST Color Run committee, where she created and managed our registration system for four years, enabling us to raise over $80,000 for Davis and Lane Schools. In 2019, Sheila was on the Lane playground re-build committee, with a special focus on the accessible parts of the play structure. Throughout all of these projects, Sheila was always focused on how things could be improved and what was best for the students.
Sheila’s interest in social emotional learning was demonstrated this past Fall when she was the catalyst for a team-building program at JGMS. As one of the Vice Presidents of the MSPA, Sheila expressed her concern that JGMS students had missed out on some of the traditional, fun middle school activities that help them bond as a class. These discussions led to the idea of doing a team-building activity for each of the classes. Sheila helped turn this from an idea into reality.
In her campaign discussions, Sheila has announced that she plans to do a 90 Day Listening Tour, including surveys and focus groups, if she is elected to the School Committee. This shows a real commitment to gathering feedback and collaborating with all of the stakeholders in our schools.
I believe that the combination of Sheila’s volunteer experience with our schools, her interest in the social emotional learning of our students, and her willingness to listen make her a strong choice for the Bedford School Committee. Please join me in voting for Sheila Mehta-Green for School Committee on March 12th.