School Communities Mentor: Christine Morin
Learn how to make your child's school a community hub from Christine Morin, the 2010 Mom Congress Virginia delegate. Find more education tools at our Mom Congress Education Resource Center.
Christine Morin has made a difference in the fight not only for better schools in Virginia, but with determination and leadership, Christine fought and won battles for the construction of Fairfax County schools.
Christine and her young family moved to Lorton, Virginia in 2004 swayed by promises of neighborhood amenities and three planned schools by 2009. Christine soon learned that the school was actually slated for 2011, and plans for a middle school weren’t anticipated until 2017. Christine and other community members realized that local leaders and school officials needed to work with the community to meet students’ needs, so she sprang into action.
In 2005, Christine joined a community organization that successfully lobbied to move up construction of the elementary school by two years. Christine then lead the creation of the “South County Middle School Solutions Group” and guided the community in a massive grassroots effort to lobby the School Board, Board of Supervisors, Virginia General Assembly, and Congressmen for funding and commitment to accelerate the middle school. In July 2008, the Fairfax County School Board voted to approve the construction of the South County Middle School.
Christine’s work culminated on March 20, 2010 with the South County Middle School Groundbreaking Ceremony. Though surely a surreal moment, her efforts are real in enhancing the lives of our children for many years to come.
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