Hello Charity Avery!
Charity Avery started her time with the PC School Board in 2019. She is a Putnam City West graduate as are several members of her family. Her children and grandchildren are also Putnam City people. We are grateful for Charity’s service, and thought you should get to know a little about what motivates her.
When you were in school, what were your favorite memories?
When I was in school some of my favorite memories are when I would get to go off campus and have lunch with my friends. I also enjoyed band. I really enjoyed the marching contests, and believe it or not getting up early to go practice for competition, which meant being at school by 6:45 a.m. so that I could be on field by 7:00 for rehearsal.
In elementary school there was a teacher who stood out to me. Her name is Ms. Bryant and the reason why she stood out to me was that I struggled with learning to read, but she encouraged me and my parents and helped us know what to do in order to achieve the goal of reading. She never gave up on me. Because of that, I learned how to read.
What inspired you to run for the school board? What is the most difficult part of service?
I was inspired to run for school board because I am a parent and grandparent and have kids in the Putnam City School District and almost my entire family has either graduated from or went to Putnam City Schools. I had already been really involved in my kids’ schools. When someone asked me if I had ever thought of running for the School Board, I said I had not thought about it, and they said you should, and I ran and am glad that I did. I truly enjoy serving on the board.
I would say that the most difficult part of my service is that there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything that I would like to for our district. It is also hard to find the correct words to say when someone reaches out to you with a concern or question.
Why is public education important to you personally?
Public education is so important to me because our kids need it in order to grow physically, mentally, and socially. With the teachers that we have and the one-on-one teaching if needed, it truly helps our kids feel more confident and that they can achieve anything in life.
by Jennifer Seal
May 13, 2021