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Schill wants to focus on nutrition and reducing poverty

Kerri Schill sang the theme song to Rocky as she climbed the steps of city hall to submit her nomination papers for school trustee. Making the run for a school board seat in the Oct.
Kerri Schill
Kerri Schill is seeking a seat on the Kamloops-Thompson board of education in the Oct. 20 civic election.

Kerri Schill sang the theme song to Rocky as she climbed the steps of city hall to submit her nomination papers for school trustee.

Making the run for a school board seat in the Oct. 20 civic election inspired her rendition of the tune to the Oscar-winning movie because the 41-year-old care-aide has always wanted to do something important for her community.

“As a care-aide, you get to do that … but this way I get to take my two passions of health care and education and put them together,” Schill said.

If elected, Schill intends to promote nutrition and the reduction of poverty in the school district by lobbying the province for more funding.

“There’s a lot of children in SD73 that do not get enough food,” she said. “There’s a lot of kids who also don’t have enough money to do extracurricular activities. They don’t have enough money for school supplies.”

There is a food-sustainability program at Brock Middle School that Schill said she would like to see operating in all schools — one example she cited as a way to improve nutrition in the district.

Schill doesn’t see much need for wholesale changes in SD73, but rather tweaks she believes she can help accomplish.

“If I do get elected, I don’t want to come in and create waves. I want to work with those that are already there that have been there and work together,” she said.

Working collaboratively, Schill aims to create district-wide improvements to classroom conditions and wants a plan of action in place to ensure there are sufficient staff numbers, including learning assistant teachers, librarians and Aboriginal education workers.

Originally from Logan Lake, Schill has called Kamloops home for many years and works at Ponderosa Lodge. She has been a residential care-aide for the past 10 years.

Schill is a mother of three children, both former and current students of SD73, and is married to a longtime teacher in the school district.

To contact Schill, voters can visit her website www.electkerrischill.com, or message her via email at electkerrischill@gmail.com.