My name is John B. Rivera.
I am 27 years old and I am affiliated with the Democratic Party.
I am excited to announce that I am putting my name forth as a candidate for a position on the District 9 School Committee.
I am a lifelong Framingham resident that grew up in the south side of Framingham on Interfaith Terrace.
I am a Hispanic American who grew up with grandparents that had limited English speaking skills. When it came to matters related to school, my grandparents were often not familiar with many of the duties that were expected of them. They were unable to attend parent-teacher nights, due to the language barrier that existed between them and the teaching staff. As a result, I was often required to translate for my grandparents in order to inform them of what was being asked of them.
As a potential School Committee representative, I empathize with the children and their families who encounter difficulties stemming from language barriers.
I received the bulk of my education from the Framingham Public School system by attending Stapleton Elementary School, Walsh Middle School and Framingham High School.
After graduating from Framingham High School, I attended Massachusetts Bay Community College, where I earned my associates in Liberal Arts. I later continued my undergraduate education at Framingham State University and earned my B.A in History in 2014.
While studying at Framingham State University, I had taken several education classes so I could graduate with a minor in Education. Unfortunately, I had to drop my minor so that I could graduate in the time that FAFSA allowed. I have experience learning in all stages of the Framingham Public School system that gives me great insight into the challenges bilingual students and families face.
If I am elected as District 9’s school committee representative, I will bring the concerns of parents that do not know how to make their voices heard to the committee.
Many parents living in District 9 have English as their second language and have difficulty helping their children with schoolwork.
With my bilingual skills in Spanish, and my experiences of being a bilingual student, I will be able to address the concerns of these parents.
I hope to see that all the students in our public school system get the resources they need to succeed and I feel morally responsible to ensure that the children in our public school system living in District 9 receive these resources.
I hope to see partnerships that I was involved with when I was a child growing up be available for the children in our school system.
I currently live in the same neighborhood that I was raised in and this allows me to gain a firsthand understanding of the issues many
families are currently facing. I am proud of the fact that neighborhoods and the town have been able to establish wonderful programs like Hoops and Homework in order to address these concerns. Programs like Hoops and Homework encourage children to do their homework and are rewarded with a basketball for their academic dedication.
I would be honored to serve as District 9’s School Committee representative.
I humbly and graciously ask that you support my candidacy on Tuesday, November 7.
John B. Rivera
School Committee candidate District 9