|"Educate the children today so that they may lead tomorrow."
~ Herbert Lewis
Herbert Lewis is throwing his hat into the unusually large field of candidates seeking a five-year term in this year's Niagara Falls School Board election.
The crowded field doesn't bother Lewis at all. Born the ninth of 11 children, he said he is used to having to speak up to have his voice heard. And his message to the voters of Niagara Falls is this:
Lewis grew up and lived in foster care until the age of 16 and recognizes the importance that education can have on helping one overcome the adversities of life.
"I grew up in what many would consider to be an impoverished family," he said. "I faced some of the same obstacles that many of our children face today. Child safety, socio-economic status and family values are issues that need to be addressed and are impeding academic performance. Too many children have issues that are not addressed or understood by today's elected leaders. I can be that bridge to help start minimizing these problems."
Lewis graduated from La Salle Senior High School and attended Buffalo State College where he studied computer science. He is an active member of New York Public Interest and Research Group (students' rights legal advocates), the United Students Government group, the mentoring program at Harry F. Abate School, and the New York State resource, Focus on Families, which provides food and furniture and offers education on parenting and family health.
"During my work with Focus on Families, I took pride in helping young men know what it takes to become better fathers and leaders in their homes and their communities," Lewis said.
Herbert is employed at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel where he has worked for the last five years.
"I am running for the right reasons," he said. "I don't have any friends of family working in the district and I'm not running for power, money or prestige. Our jobs as elected officials, administrators, teachers is to ensure that every student who walks across that stage, receives a diploma, is able to go out with the ability to provide for themselves."
You can contact Lewis at 716-285-3422 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit him on Facebook at Herb Lewis for Niagara Falls School Board 2013.