MaryAnneGucciardi's blog

Thank you.

I want to thank everyone for their help and support.  I appreciated the opportunity to join your discussions and learn from you.  I congratulate the winners for school board and offer them my best wishes.  One of the best parts of the campaign was getting to know more people, make new friends and meet voters.  I promise to continue working for children in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro public schools.

Justice United meeting last night

I went to the Justice United meeting last night - it was energizing. Congregations and citizens from all over Chapel Hill and Carrboro attended.  All were focused on the betterment of our community. Those of us in attendance who are running for public office committed to meeting for two hours with Justice United within 90 days of being elected, at their request.  Here is a link to a write-up on the meeting:

Did You Know? updated

I went back to find the research that supported the video I posted and saw this version.  This is the link.  The supporting research is on  As you mention, not all may come true and it may be a scare tactic.  But even if only 50% comes true, it is still important to think about the global economy and what the workplace will be like for our children. I feel strongly that we need to focus on creating life long learners and critical thinkers.    


Children need to become critical thinkers and life-long learners

A parent asked me about a comment I made at a forum regarding how our children will change careers often and need to be able to learn, relearn, unlearn and relearn.  Jobs of the future will demand our children be life-long learners and critical thinkers.  As a follow up to that question, I want to share with you this video called "what does this all mean".

Kudos to local literacy activists

At the Democratic party meeting last week, Susan Romaine and Gloria Romerez talked about their book collecting/distributing project in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Orange County Literacy Council. Susan and Gloria have done such an amazing job that I want to let you know of their work.

They have collected over 7,000 books for needy local children, with more donations coming in. Most of the books have already been distributed to places that will impact low-income children and adults.

Susan and Gloria are adding books to Table These children will now receive their own new book in addition to food donations!

Thanks are due to Borders Books for their generous participation. It is my strong belief that partnership between business and community can strengthen literacy, and this program is the proof. They still have books - reply to me for Susan's contact email if you know of a place they would be useful.



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