Carson Park, a third-grade student at Vance Elementary School in Garner, has some political advice for U.S. Democratic Senator Kay Hagan and her Republican challenger, state House Speaker Thom Tillis.
“Why aren’t you talking about ways you will help us?” Carson writes in a letter to both North Carolina political candidates. “All I hear in your ads are you saying mean things about each other.”
Carson invites the two candidates to emulate what they learn at Vance: PROWL (Practice empathy, Respect everyone and everything, Only make safe choices, Work responsibly, and Love learning).
Carson wants to know “will you act like this after the election?” As a parting message, she says “seeing the ads on tv makes me sad and I don’t want to vote.”
Carson wrote the letter as part of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program taught at Vance, which is part of the Wake County school system. Teachers receive professional development around strategies that result in students behaving better.