I was raised in La Crescent, but spent several years out of the area attending college and obtaining a career; a career that started with a base of quality education through the La Crescent School District.

After having my daughter a couple years ago, I made the decision to move back to the area.

I am a product of this great community and I have made the decision to raise my daughter the same. It hurts my heart that she may not have the same opportunities I once had. We are a great community, but we will not always remain this way if we do not take action. On Nov. 7, the community needs to come together and vote yes for the learning levy. This isn’t a "want," this is a "need."

I know that raising taxes is a frustrating thought, but I believe the consequences for our youth far outweigh that worry. I am a social worker in child protection, transitioning to behavioral health. I have seen the effects of children who do not have healthy opportunities, especially quality education. As a community, we cannot offer our children limited educational opportunities and expect them to be successful.

Nelson Mandela once said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." Let’s treat our children right and give them a chance. Vote yes Nov. 7.

Mallory Van Lin, La Crescent

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