I have enjoyed being a Patch contributor for over a year. Now, Patch has graciously allowed me the space to air information and start conversation about topics that are near and dear to my heart.
I have seen first hand how a reader post from Severna Park Patch has blossomed into a widespread national campaign. From Danbury, CT to Temecula, CA, communities large and small have the ability to inspire, connect and engage a readership. These communities have been able to connect because of Patch Power.
I was so inspired by Terra Snider's original post and quest to petition the White House about starting school times later that I created the website for our local advocacy group, www.StartSchoolLater.net
Terra and I meet for coffee every other week and we plan and dream about a vision that is daunting. For the first time in years, though, with the ability to unite across the country, effective change may be within our grasp. This kind of change would never be possible if small, disparate communities are left to fend for themselves. That's Patch Power!
Severna Park Patch was the first site to scoop this story. As a result, the issue of school start times will not be easily dismissed any longer without at least considering the health, safety and equality of school age children.
With a blog comes certain freedoms. I get to post opinions and musings. I will continue to contribute objective local reporting for Patch, but this little space is a little more personal. And, trust me, it won't be too serious all the time. I'll be posting other things, like parenting insights, frugal tips, fitness strategies and things that I hope inspire you the way they inspire me. You get a chance to share the journey with me and suggest future blog topics or your ideas as well. Come along for the ride!